Ansley Asher

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The J.K. Rowling Lawsuit from Orson Scott Card’s POV

Slashdot tells us that Orson Scott Card has made known his feelings on the J.K. Rowling lawsuit against The Harry Potter Lexicon fansite. While it is an interesting read, at the end, he writes,

“Her Cinderella story once charmed us. Her greedy evil-witch behavior now disgusts us. And her next book will be perceived as the work of that evil witch.”

Oh, for a world where women are more than Cinderellas and witches, but that’s for another day. I disagree with this. I doubt she is losing fans because of this lawsuit–if anything, I think the exposure will gain her more. J.K. Rowlings is not the RIAA. She is loved even by the man she is suing. As they say, there is no such thing as bad publicity. Talk about something topical, and whether you speak well of it or ill, people will pay you some attention. Maybe Mr. Card knows this, too!

The Slow Death from Hypercritism

Last night, I watched Superman 2 with my honey. Having seen the movie many times before, we didn’t watch so much as laugh at all the inconsistencies. And let me tell you, a movie about dudes flying around in their underwear is full of them.

But you know, I still enjoyed Superman 2 much more than the latest one. It was charming and entertaining. Christopher Reeve was great as the hero and his alter ego. He could act! And so could Margot Kidder, though she was no raving beauty. They breathed realism into the whole crazy show; they were believable. They made the world they were in seem to function according to its own quirky rules.

The point is, yeah it was inconsistent. But it kept being funny. It made fun of itself. The actors got the joke and went along with it. The story did its job: People were entertained. Being overly nitpicky of events would have killed the story. It wasn’t The Bourne Ultimatum. It wasn’t meant to be. I could replace the title Superman 2 in this post with many popular stories: James Bond, Harry Potter, The Hobbit.

Stay on target with the point of your story. Don’t kill too much of it before you are sure it needs to go, especially if it’s funny and if you believe it works.