It’s been a busy weekend. We went over to friends for dinner Saturday evening and got back really late — too late to blog.
I’ve read all the comments everyone made over the weekend and I’m reminded of a recurring question I’ve pondered over the years. If you read the Harry Potter books with a critical eye, you’ll notice that J.K. Rowling regularly breaks certain “rules.” For starters, there’s her constant use of adverbs in dialogue tags. She sometimes uses quite a bit of narrative summary (i.e., telling instead of showing). And often, we’re not in any particular character’s head.
And yet the story works. It works extremely well.
Why is that? What makes the story work? What magic does J.K. Rowling perform to bewitch her readers so effectively?
I have my own ideas on this, but I’d like to hear from you all. If you’re a Potter fan (as I am), why? And if you’ve read at least one Potter book and didn’t find it captivating, why not?
I’m sure there are lessons we can all learn by thinking about these questions.
I’ll be at a writing conference for the next few days, but I will have good internet access and should be able to blog every day.