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Back at Work...

Though I'd rather be at home in front of my CCTV, reading Halfblood Prince and sipping on a hot chai as the thunder crashes around me.

We're having one heck of a thunderstorm here. The VIP's who are supposed to visit our office today will have to swim to get here, I think. It is really dark outside, almost like nighttime.

HPB: One thing I am finding hilarious about HPB is how some of the technical mechanics of it are awful, but the story is still a great read, and the book is selling like hotcakes. Rowling has a habit of using the form 'said he' instead of 'he said,' which has its most awkward usages in the first chapter--'hesitated the Prime Minister,' for example. Apparently, no one has told her to avoid the use of excessive adverbs, either.

On the other hand, do these minutiae of writing style really matter in the face of the $36 million that Rowling has made from the book over the past weekend? I think what this teaches us is that 1. Mechanics flaws can be overlooked in the face of a really good story, though they should ideally be corrected, and 2. If you have a large enough and enthusiastic enough fan base, you can sell anything, and if it happens to be good, so much the better.

I will say that the mechanics/technical flaws did not annoy me, probably because the story is so very good. I was more amused and intrigued than annoyed. I do wonder what sort of message it sends to writers who are still trying to break into the publishing field, when they see such a wildly popular book series as this, which is written in, I think, a somewhat old-fashioned, charming style. Do the 'rules' seem less of a priority to aspiring writers because of this, or do they seem just as important? I wonder if Rowling might have difficulties selling future works because of these mechanics issues? For instance, if she decides to write something other than 'children's books,' will this inattention to standard writing style come back to bite her? I guess these questions really can't be answered, but they are fun to ask.

Prediction: I'll bet there's going to be great disgruntlement over Rowling's creation of the word 'Inferi' to describe zombies.

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One thing I am finding hilarious about HPB is how some of the technical mechanics of it are awful, but the story is still a great read

Yep! I kept thinking, as I zipped through THBP, "Boy, there are an awful lot of spelling and grammar errors in here!" I blame it partly on the copy editors (but not entirely; they're usually overworked and way underpaid). But there's only so much the editor can clean up. Rowling needs to get her hands on The Elements of Style.

And yet I tore through this book in a matter of hours. I couldn't put it down except to sleep. It was a fun, great read, and I broke down and sobbed at--well, you can guess when. (Why do you think I wrote the howler informing Ms. Rowling to "drop dead"?)

I still couldn't keep from sneaking peeks at my favorite parts yesterday and this morning. I loved the scene with Bill and Fleur in the infirmary. :)

I'll bet there's going to be great disgruntlement over Rowling's creation of the word 'Inferi' to describe zombies.

Disgruntlement? I'm freaking envious!

--Kris

I'll bet there's going to be great disgruntlement over Rowling's creation of the word 'Inferi' to describe zombies.

Oh you bet there is already. "But whyyy didn't she just use the word zombiiieeeeee"

Cause she didn't want to, now move on. ;P

Do the 'rules' seem less of a priority to aspiring writers because of this, or do they seem just as important?

As long as dey dont th1nk dat rightin liek diz is good, I'm ok! ;D

I really enjoy her more archaic style of writing :D It's so much fun, what with the British understatements and all. I just love it!

I do like her using "inferi" instead of "zombies," because when Dumbledore finally tells you what they are it's a shock :D I'm not disgruntled, just curious. Why did she change it? Is it Greek, Latin, or neither? I'm going to do some more research on that I think.