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I wish somehow reviewers and advance publicity types could keep absolutely quiet about the death of major characters in new novels. I'm currently reading the latest novel by one of my favourite mystery writers, in which I know already one of the main characters is going to be killed off at the end. This adds a curious dimension to the reading of the novel - trying to "second guess" which character you are reading about now will not survive... Then there's the fear that it'll be your particular favourite. And the desire to flip to the end is ALMOST irresistible - like trying not to eat those chocolates or smoke one more cigarette. I've managed by the most intense strength of will not to do that, but it's hard!

Then, of course, there's all the speculation about HP6. This is the third time now that we've had advance notice of the death of another character. My money's on a Dursley... not Ron, I think, but one of them.

Don't worry, by the way. Even when I've finished my mystery novel, or HP6 when it comes, I won't tell.

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noveldevice
Jul. 5th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
I mostly just try not to pay attention to that kind of thing--I like to read a new novel innocent of all speculation, just experiencing the novel as I read it. It is very difficult at times, though.

Weasley? I have to say that I wouldn't miss Percy much. :P I should start working on my HP scarf again.
intertext
Jul. 5th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Urgh - of course, I meant Weasley. There aren't all that many spare Dursleys, are there! Apparently the odds-makers are backing Mrs. Weasley - I agree I wouldn't miss Percy, even Dad, much. Mum would be tragic (no more dreadful jumpers...).
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