Here, from page of The Order of the Phoenix, to give you a typical example, are six consecutive descriptions of the way people speak. Do I need to explain why that is such second-rate writing? If I do, then that means you're one of the many adults who don't have a problem with the retreat into infantilism that your willing immersion in the Potter books represents.
It doesn't make you a bad or silly person. But if you have the patience to read it without noticing how plodding it is, then you are self-evidently someone on whom the possibilities of the English language are largely lost. This is the kind of prose that reasonably intelligent nine-year-olds consider pretty hot stuff, if they're producing it themselves; for a highly-educated woman like Rowling to knock out the same kind of material is, shall we say, somewhat disappointing.
Children exposed to this kind of writing aren't learning anything new about words, or being stretched in any way; as Harold Bloom said , they're not going to be inspired to go off and read the Alice books, or any other enduring classic. People go hoopla because they're delighted that Rowling has got children reading books - big, fat books without pictures at that.
Can't argue with that: But it's all too easy. The popular writer whose style is most similar is, it suddenly occurs to me, Jeffrey Archer all those dead adverbs. All that paper, all those trees felled, all those words Will The Deathly Hallows do this?
But I fear not. Topics Books Books blog. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pages and Pages and , to be precise, the scene wherein the Weasley family celebrates Harry's 17th birthday.
Why am I doing this? Because this is what I do when my novel is on submission and I'm waiting anxiously for that call from my agent--I neurose over things like dialog tags and semicolons.
Speaking of which, Rowling uses them. I'm fascinated by the Harry Potter novels because, well, they're amongst the few novels that I've actually read cover-to-cover, word-for-word in the past, um, some years. It's an occupational hazard of being both a librarian and a slow reader. So many books; so much time needed to read them; so little time available.
So here's what I learned and in no particular order:. But I do think I understand better what makes her novels so readable. When it comes to telling a great story, Rowling certainly knows how to get on with it. And no skimming allowed. That's like taking a bathroom break at the movies and coming back to find out you missed something really, really important. As a former English teacher and current librarian, I enjoyed reading your analysis. I love semicolons as well and abhor the fact that journalists have started this trend of omitting the comma before "and" in a series just to save a bit of space.
However, the words you point out as gerunds are actually participles which are a different type of verbal verb acting as a different part of speech. Gerunds act as nouns i. Reading is my favorite hobby. Participles act as adjectives by describing.
Thanks for your analysis though; It was interesting to read. Good luck with your submission. I didn't think I had that quite right.
Thanks for the correction. Notify me of follow-up comments via email. This form does not yet contain any fields. We lose them at our peril - latimes. An exhaustive analysis of J. So here's what I learned and in no particular order: If my sample is representative, that means Rowling's final chapter in the series contains semicolons. Take that you semi-colon naysayers. You know, the one that comes just before the coordinating conjunction usually "and" in a series.
Apr 28, · Individuals who are not literary critics are unlikely to analyze writing style. All of that to describe why the following sentence doesn’t have a lot of meat (Rowling uses transparent prose and I am not a literary critic): JK Rowling’s writing is whimsical and rhythmic, with lots of irony and good flow.
Sep 26, · So what makes J.K. Rowling style of writing so good that her books are loved by people of many different nations and any age? Persistence Thomas Edison /5().
the writing style of J. K. Rowling in her Harry Potter in terms of sentence structure, tense of the verb, and voice of the verb; and examine the deep structure writing style of J. K. Rowling in her Harry Potter in terms of number of kernel sentences in transformed sentences, connectives used. Discussion/Theory What's J.K. Rowling's style of writing? (francesa.gaotter) submitted 1 year ago I think she had reached kind of her ultimate writing style and that's also the first book I was completely immersed in without even a small thought about how it was written. In some ways I feel like the way Harry grew as a character, JK.
J. K. Rowling Writing Styles in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J. K. Rowling This Study Guide consists of approximately 51 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. J.K. Rowling writing style 10 things J.K. Rowling taught me about writing As the Harry Potter author’s first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, debuts today, it’s a good time to revisit what writers can learn from her writing style.