Thursday, June 28, 2007

New article on unprecedented security for Book 7

Time Magazine writers Lev Grossman and Andrea Sachs have posted a very interesting piece today entitled "Harry Potter and the Sinister Spoilers" about the security for Book 7. Have you ever wondered how exactly the manuscript for Deathly Hallows was sent from Jo to her editors? Who has read the book and what keeping the secret is like? Grossman closes with something to chew on:
But even if the spoilers were genuine, it wouldn't matter.

On this point, both hacker [Gabriel] and publisher share a key misunderstanding of what reading is all about. People read books for any number of reasons; finding out how the story ends is one among many and not even the most important. If it were otherwise, nobody would ever bother to read a book twice. Reading is about spending time with characters and entering a fictional world and playing with words and living through a story page by page. The idea that someone could ruin a novel by revealing its ending is like saying you could ruin the Mona Lisa by revealing that it's a picture of a woman with a center part. Spoilers are a myth: they don't spoil. No elaborate secrecy campaign is going to make Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows any better than it already is, and no website could possibly make it useless and boring.
Hmmm. On that note, I will say that this article contains no details about spoilers, alleged or otherwise. =) Thanks to Meann for the tip!

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