Monday, October 22, 2007

barely alive

I had an AWESOME weekend during which my 5 best friends from junior high came from their various places of adult residence and we ran around town nonstop for about 36 hours.

I could barely get out of bed this morning (notice how late I'm clocking in this morning?). However, I shall have my memories of the weekend to sustain me through Manuscript O Doom.

Is anyone else as pleased as I am to learn that Dumbledore is gay?

15 comments:

Bernita said...

I'm at a loss to understand why it matters.

David L. McAfee said...

I'm with bernita.

angelle said...

haha i read that this morning. i totally didn't pick that up! interesting tibit though.

moonrat said...

hmm, i always thought Dumbledore was gay. so maybe it matters from a self-satisfaction point of view.

but it DOES matter to the plot (sort of) because it explains Dumbledore's commitment to Grindewald and his willingness to do evil to impress him. you might do that kind of thing for a platonic friend, but it's more forgivable if you lost your head during a romance... don't you think?

Precie said...

Adds even more dimension to the theme of love's power throughout the series.

Maprilynne said...

I agree with Moonrat and Precie, it makes D.'s bad judgment much more understandable and forgivable. I'd have liked to have known this while reading the book. Even after finding out, I still think she villainized him too much.

But that's a whole other story.:)

The Anti-Wife said...

Sorry, I'm with Bernita and David.

Ello said...

I totally thought Dumbledore was gay for exactly the same reason you pointed out. And I remember reading it and thinking this is a very subtle way of highlighting that he might be gay. So, when Rowling made her announcement I was like - "I KNEW IT! I am so smart, Oh yeah, so smart, Uh Huh!"

But other than that, I'm at a loss also... ;o)

Cheryl said...

I figured he was a bit overly attached to Grindelwald, but I didn't think that meant we had to give him the official label of "gay."

Mostly, I think JKR's revelation distracts from the story rather than adds to it.

Colorado Writer said...

Have you seen the treasure chest of hardback HP books?

Retails for $195 but can be yours for only $116 on Amazon.com

Dumbledore announcement+treasure chest=coincidence? I think not.

Chhhh-ching!

I found your blog via Conduit (I think). Now, I'll be reading all afternoon...

Leigh Russell said...

Hello again, Moonrat. You're busy. I posted the cover design for my new book on my blog and wonder what you think of it?

writtenwyrdd said...

The thing that got me in the last book (besides the fact that it wasn't very good) was that there was something odd in the dynamic between Dumblydore and his friend Grindewald. I do recall thinking "is he gay?" but dismissed it because the hints were too vague.

So what bugs me about JK's announcement is that she should have been bold enough (or her editors, if they made some changes) to really make this dynamic clear.

ORION said...

I think it's interesting more from the aspect of writing- there are things you need to know or create in your work that the reader never sees. It adds dimension. There are qualities and histories of my characters that never make it into my novels.

Maria said...

My seriously catholic sisters and I have had the "Is Dumbledore gay?" talk over and over with ME insisting that you would have to be an idiot to not figure it out. And WHY would Rowling need to come out and announce it in the book? Did she announce that Harry was heterosexual?

It doesn't matter, but it makes things much more interesting and how lovely that Rowling has added this to her book. I sent the article to ALL of my sisters who will all freak out and I will love each and every second of it.

Merry Jelinek said...

I think it matters for the same reason Orion pointed out - that backstory is something that really only the author NEEDED to know about, it didn't have to make it into the already full plot and no one would even question why it was cut or not made clear if it wasn't an HP book - as in some relatively obscure series... but the author is another thing, these characters each have much more story to them for her, and that knowledge brings more layers to the fiction. I look at it this way, there are a lot of people I know well, but I don't know everything that's ever happened to them, but everything in their background has helped shape who they are today and to me...

As a side note, orion, I just started Lottery and it's fantastic!!! I'm really loving it.