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Thread #103501   Message #2112613
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
27-Jul-07 - 10:11 AM
Thread Name: BS: HP7 - Opinions? Contains Spoilers
Subject: RE: BS: HP7 - Opinions? Contains Spoilers
I have to say there are some parallels with Terry Pratchett. When TP got a contract with Gollancz to publish a certain number of Discworld books in a certain number of year (I think it was one a year for 7 years), the quality went down considerably. There are a group of 3-4 books in the middle of the series that are really not as good as they could be and are just vehicles for one very VERY bad pun. As soon as the contract ran out, there was a 2-3 year gap between books and the quality improved tremendously.

I have a strong suspicion (and experiences) that 'writing to order' puts unfair pressure on an author which results in work that may not be as good as previous pieces. Great gaping holes in plots may escape an author when they're writing against the calendar. Although I have loved every single one of the Potter books, I can't help but feel there is material enough for another couple of books, just filling in all the gaps in the first 7 - a bit like 'The Silmarillion' and 'Unfinished Tales' does for 'The Lord of the Rings'. I for one would love to hear more about the original Order of the Phoenix and the first rising of Voldemort.