Monday, October 22, 2007

Outing Dumbledore

Oil hit $90 a barrel.

Cheney’s telling everyone that Iran won’t be allowed to have nuculer capabilities.

And now Dumbledore’s gay.

I dunno about you but after the weekend, it sure feels like a good time to break out the ol’ tin foil hat.
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Have you heard about this?

Dumbledore, the main Yoda-type wizard in the HP series was outed by author J.K. Rowling over the weekend.

Because it’s so important that we know the sexual proclivities of a fictional - not to mention dead - character from the most popular children’s books of all time.
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Do we care that Dumbledore was gay? Of course not.

It’s like saying someone is black or right-handed or Irish. It just doesn’t matter. It doesn't make the story any better.

Worse, the dude never told anyone he was gay. He never mentioned it in any of the books.

Because IT WASN’T IMPORTANT.

And it isn’t important now, except that the buzz around book seven has died and maybe J.K. Rowling is feeling a little lost because her media juggernaut is finally winding down.
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I am listening to: Kid Rock – So Hott
I am reading: Wired magazine
And I am: Disappointed

3 comments:

CRUSTYBEEF said...

You need a SPOILER ALERT!! I didn't know dumbledore had died...haven't reached that point in the books yet..

Did you get some waffles from the waffleshouse today?

Always,
Crusty~

Posolxstvo said...

as a would be writer of fiction, I know that it is important to know as much as you can about your main characters, what their backstories are, etc. Even though many many of those details will not be conveyed, it is important to know what they are.

From my research into how JK outed Dumbledore, it sounds like people were asking her questions about D's backstory, the only answer for which she had was something like -- nope, sorry - you've got it wrong -- he wasn't really into women...

It doesn't sound pandering to me.

But then, I am at times naive.

Hedy said...

I really like Neil Steinberg's take on it from today:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/613811,CST-NWS-stein22.article