How Long Should An Author Get To Fill In The Blanks?
When I studied Fiction Writing in College, I heard about authors whose characters popped out of nowhere and how once the story started flowing out of them they were in sort of a trance and felt as if someone else was controlling their bodies. Supposedly there was no thinking about these characters or the plot, it all just materialised. I understand this, as much as I can without actually ever having experienced it. My stories, at least the ones that are not directly related to a personal experience have to be cooked up, formulated. Methodically, I filled in the blanks, such as “have I covered mood yet” and “is the character developed enough,” etc. Obviously, I am not destined for literary greatness. Nevertheless, I must ask as an ardent reader, as an avid reader when does the author’s story stop and, the reader’s experience begins. I don’t care if Dumbledore is gay. Actually at this point, it seems trivial, even contrived. Okay he was gay if you say so. So what. Is he gay because he was portrayed as asexual? Using this guideline, does it mean Professor Minerva McGonagall is gay also. What other revelations will we find out and what is with the need to have a definitive answer, a fact, anyway?
Perhaps Rowling is having to deal with the reality that it is now over and is trying to hold on to every piece she can. I can understand. If it were me, I would need to mourn officially. Nonetheless, as a reader I would like to feel free to have and make my own analysis and deductions. Therefore, I must ask, when is it time for an author to stop filling in the blanks.