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.