The Grumpy Old Man (markm) wrote,
The Grumpy Old Man

OK, so from an interview article on MSNBC comes this quote. J. K. Rowling is talking about how she originally had a far more detailed epilogue than was finally published:

“But it didn’t work very well as a piece of writing,” Rowling said. “It felt very much that I had crowbarred in every bit of information I could … In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything.”

I just post here to note that the way Tolkien handled this was by creating annexes and appendices and language guides and timelines and family trees and things. I think that would have been better than the epilogue, which has been derided as fanservice by young and old alike.


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