Rainbow Rowell talks Harry Potter fan fiction

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Rainbow Rowell wrote Harry Potter fan fiction.  Surprised?  Oh, and Harry and Draco are together in her fic.  Still not surprised?  Of course not. We can’t expect much different from the author who penned Fangirl. Fangirl details the college-life student Cath, a prolific writer of the fictional YA series, Simon Snow.  Rainbow Rowell recently sat down with […]

 

Rainbow Rowell wrote Harry Potter fan fiction.  Surprised?  Oh, and Harry and Draco are together in her fic.  Still not surprised?  Of course not.

We can’t expect much different from the author who penned Fangirl.

Fangirl details the college-life student Cath, a prolific writer of the fictional YA series, Simon Snow.  Rainbow Rowell recently sat down with The Bookseller to talk about her own adventures in fan fiction writing.

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“It’s Harry and Draco as a couple who have been married for many years, and they’re raising Harry’s kids, with Ginny, she has not been vilified,” said Rowell when discussing her unpublished Harry Potter fanfic.  “It’s them dealing with attachment parenting and step-parents and all these middle-aged issues of what it means to be a step-parent.”

Her Potter novella, which tolls in at 30,000 words, was written between the writing of Fangirl and her recently published book Landline.  But even if this fan fiction is a recent work, Rowell says that she’s been involved in the online Potterverse for many years.  It’s that experience that shaped Cath.

“Why even try when you can have a rich real life online? So that’s where I got the idea of Cath from, who I don’t think is choosing between real life and the internet, but I do think she’s sort of choosing how much she is going to relate to people face to face and how much she’s going to push herself and how much of her childhood is she going to take with her into adult life.”

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