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The Grumpy Old Man
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August 2015
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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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I hear she's writing an encyclopedia, actually.

Indeed; I look forward to seeing it.

That should be fascinating.

She sounded positive about someday doing it, but pointedly (and a little wearily) said, "But not today..." I think she's going to chill out for a year or two. Probably noodle around with thinking up some new characters to write about, more than likely.