Sunday, February 04, 2007

Fiction News

A couple of news items from the world of fiction...

- Sidney Sheldon passed away last Tuesday at the age of 89. The author would've definitely ranked very high on my list of favorite authors when I was in college. The first Sidney Sheldon book I read was Rage of Angels (which I think was the inspiration for the Satyaraj-starrer Makkal En Pakkam), which was serialized in Tamil in Kumudham. I started reading the serialized story but once the story gained speed, I couldn't wait a whole week to read the next chapter and ended up renting the original book. The strong characterization and fast pace caught my fancy and I quickly went looking for other novels by the author.

I wasn't disappointed with any of the other books I read and absolutely loved books like If Tomorrow Comes, The Other Side of Midnight and Master of the Game. His books always featured strong female protagonists and were unpredictable since you could never be sure if good would triumph in the end. I still vividly remember characters and whole sequences from his books that I read almost 15 years ago and that is testimony to how good they were. May his soul rest in peace...

- Just 5 months and 17 days to go for the magic to end! J.K.Rowling has announced that Harry Potter VII, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be released on July 21st. When I read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in August 2005, I thought that the next instalment was almost 3 years away. So it was a very pleasant surprise to hear that it is going to be published in July, less than 2 years since I read the last one.

Rumors have been flying around for a while about what is going to happen in Book VII and they are bound to increase as the release date nears. The biggest one ofcourse is that Harry Potter himself will not survive at the end of it. J.K.Rowling has added fuel to the fire with her cryptic comments but the best reason I've heard for her killing off Potter is that it will categorically stop other writers from writing new books based on him and destroying her legacy. Other rumors involve Dumbledore's fate, answers to the eternal question of which side Snape if on, Aunt Petunia's role, etc. The countdown has started...

9 Comments:

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a nice word inspired, another one that comes to memory is If Tomorrow comes inspired, Prem ki Rani Choron ka raja.

- KP

 
At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"her killing off Potter is that it will categorically stop other writers from writing new books based on him and destroying her legacy"..if this is true, this is a laughable reason. If others REALLY wanted to write about Potter, they would just have to resurrect him.

 
At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Shwetha said...

I think Snape is def on the good side tho he is essentially a not-so-liked guy (pretty sure he killed Dumbledore on Dumbledore's express intentions, therby establishing his allegiance to the dark lord (Kuruthipunal climax;)

Sirius, for sure is not dead as his body was never found, my bet is that he will in the end become Hogwart's head as a successor for Dunbledore (who will guide only though his potrait picture..I dont think he's coming back..sigh)

Qn is, will JK kill Harry along with Volds..... :( :( :(

 
At 12:54 PM, Anonymous ram said...

ennode ilakiya arivu-naala used to think that Sidney Sheldon was a woman! oru dhadava oru friend (adhuvum ponnu, unfortunately!) kitte mega bulb adichen!

requiescat in pace...

 
At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colts are the Super Bowl champions of 2007.. That's newsworthy !!
Pushpa

 
At 7:08 PM, Blogger Babs said...

Colts are the Super Bowl champions of 2007.. That's newsworthy !!

The only difference is there's nothing fictious about it :-)

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger srivatsan said...

Ram,

Same blood :) not much ilakiya arivu here too..

Hope you guys in B'lore are safe after Cauvery verdict :)

 
At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Mruthica said...

heyy anon... All writers who have created great heroes till date have the tradition of killing them at the end for the same reason that bb has told here. And if u can remember, if harry dies .. then he is dead once for all ... as Dumbledore says... there is no way that a dead person can come alive. So resurrection is out of question , well, unless if harry also has horcruxes :P

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger rads said...

Ive enjoyed every book of Sidney Sheldon's, I suppose it had mostly to do with the fact that all had strong female characters.
Didn't realize he was 89!

 

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