Arts Narrative Death
posted by July 19 at 11:54 AMon
JK Rowling rails against spoilers.It’s not that the Potter book is bad or good, but this: why do people still care about stories? Or more specifically, narratives. The art of narration is so primitive, so old, so dead. As a mode of transferring information, nothing new can be received from a narrative. Every story has been told. This is the sole wisdom of Christianity: The Bible (or what they shamelessly call the Old Testament) exhausted every story. It was from then on a matter of interpretation, of reading into the narrative, looking for the signs of the Messiah. It’s only the process (reading/hearing/watching) that matters. Knowing where a story is heading is something of great importance only to a mind that believes in a prime mover that is unmoved. That is what Hegel brought to Spinoza’s substance: a story. And it is precisely our indifference to the story of world history (the story of Him) that has made us modern, made us sterner, made us urban. The protection of the narrative elements against “spoilers” is like a wizard protecting his bag of bad tricks.
JK Rowling said fans wanted to finish the saga “in their own time.”
JK Rowling has hit out at US newspapers that have published plot details from the final Harry Potter book. The author said she was “staggered” that papers including The New York Times had printed reviews ahead of the novel’s publication on 21 July.