Aug. 8th, 2010

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18. If you could change one thing about canon, what would it be?

Probably Jo's overuse of adverbs. Once you get into the book, you sort of stop noticing, but read a page here or there, and it's a bit *cringe*.

Mostly, though, I'd leave the books as they are. Yes, there are all sorts of problems with them - the values JKR espouses as being good are often problematic, the gender roles are quite conservative, there are several issues Jo puts forth about her world and never bothers to resolve. But honestly? I wouldn't change them. Jo wrote the narrative that she wanted to tell, and a story can never be all things to all people. I think it is precisely the size and shape and depth (or lackethereof) of Jo Rowling's universe that has allowed for such a huge, creative fandom. Because, let's face it. If, as a reader, you think a story is perfect as it is, you're not going to be very inspired to write fic about it, are you? I think the stories with the biggest and most creative fandoms are quite often the ones that are problematic on several levels. People write fanfic to fill in the blanks the story left out.

So I wouldn't change much at all. Except for the adverbs. If I had been her editor, I would have crossed them all out with a red pen and told her to only add back the ones that were necessary to the story.


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