It's not always about them
Posted by aogWednesday, 28 July 2004 at 20:09 TrackBack Ping URL

An interesting tidbit from the Brothers Judd:

JK ROWLING made the “chilling” discovery that villains in her books used the same twisted logic as the Nazis when she visited a Holocaust museum, the author has revealed.

This is with regard to the bad guys differentiating between “pure-blood” and “half-blood” wizards. The article then points out that the Nazis also used those terms in their ideology. This is apparently considered a telling point. But why? It’s not like the Nazi invented the concepts, or were the first to use them heavily, or even to kill on large scale because of it. It seems quite believable to me that Rowling pulled the idea from someplace other than Nazi ideology. I mean, Nazis used telephones as well. Does that mean any novel involving characters using telephones is an allegory for WWII, or that the author must have drawn that inspiration from the Nazis? It’s as if the Nazis are not only the most evil people ever but the only evil people ever.

I will admit, though, that I wouldn’t find it very chilling myself to pick some horrible attitude, assign to the villians in my book and then discover the Nazis did it too. Why Rowling is “chilled” to discover that the Nazis did the things she used to mark her fictional villians as bad people escapes me.

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pj Thursday, 29 July 2004 at 09:58

Tolstoy claimed that all happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Maybe every evil regime is alike.

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