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Don't kill Harry Potter, authors urge
[ 2006-08-03 08:37 ]

自今年六月份以来,《哈利·波特》系列魔幻小说的作者J·K·罗琳再次成为公众关注的焦点,罗琳曾在六月份向媒体暗示:哈利·波特有可能在《哈》最后一部系列小说中死去。日前,美国两名当代顶尖作家约翰·欧文和斯蒂芬·金向罗琳发出请求,希望她笔下留人,在小说结尾处放主人公哈利·波特一条生路。但罗琳并未对哈利·波特的命运做出承诺。罗琳称:“我经常试图以我计划的方式结尾,但两个我原来预计会活下来的人物还是死了。”  
相关新闻:Harry Potter may die, author hints

 

Authors J.K. Rowling (C), John Irving (L) and Stephen King attend a news conference together before a charity reading event in New York, August 1, 2006. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Two of America's top authors, John Irving and Stephen King, made a plea to J.K. Rowling on Tuesday not to kill the fictional boy wizard Harry Potter in the final book of the series, but Rowling made no promises.

"My fingers are crossed for Harry," Irving said at a joint news conference before a charity reading by the three writers at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

King, who shot to fame in 1974 with "Carrie," said he had confidence that Rowling would be "fair" to her hero.

Rowling, a Briton whose books have sold 300 million copies worldwide according to her publishers, said she was well into the process of writing the final book.

"I feel quite liberated," she said.

"I can resolve the story now and it's fun in a way it wasn't before because finally I've reached my resolution, and I think some people will loathe it and some people will love it, but that's how it should be."

"We're working toward the end I always planned but a couple of characters I expected to survive have died and one character got a reprieve," she said, declining to elaborate.

Asked about the wisdom of killing off fictional characters, Rowling said she didn't enjoy killing the major character who died in book six -- for the sake of those who haven't read it yet she avoided naming the victim -- but she said the conventions of the genre demanded the hero go on alone.

"I understand why an author would kill a character from the point of view of not allowing others to continue writing after the original author is dead," she added, leaving the door open to the worst fears of some fans -- that Harry could die.

King recalled that when he had a character kick a dog to death in his novel "Dead Zone" he received more letters of complaint than ever, to his surprise.

"You want to be nice and say 'I'm sorry you didn't like that,' but I'm thinking to myself number one, he was a dog not a person, and number two, the dog wasn't even real," he said.

"I made that dog up, it was a fake dog, it was a fictional dog, but people get very, very involved," King said.

(Agencies)

Vocabulary:
 


make a plea: 主张、请求、呼吁

My fingers are crossed for Harry: 我为哈利祈祷(cross在此引申为“祈祷”)

get a reprieve: “缓刑”,文中指“有一个主人公没有死去”

I understand why an author would kill a character from the point of view of not allowing others to continue writing after the original author is dead: 这句话道出了“为什么小说作者往往让成功系列故事主人公死去”的原因:杀死主人公,就不会有另外的作者写续集了。可参看相关新闻报道:Harry Potter may die, author hints


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