First off, thanks very much to the amazing Ginger Clark for her guest post yesterday — not only is she a great agent, I think she has a future as a blogger. Also, linking to her PublishersMarketplace page reminded me that I also have a PublishersMarketplace page that I recently updated, so please check it out. It will blow your mind. (not really.) But please at least take a look, that html code doesn’t write itself.
So as I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Dumbledore is gay. I knew I should have read those sequels!!! But here’s the thing: those who have read the books tell me that he doesn’t even so much as hold hands with anyone. Hmmm…
This we know: he’s a bachelor (not this kind), he kind of maybe liked this other wizard dude but it’s kind of ambiguous…. Oh! and JK Rowling says he is. But then, the New York Times kind of put him back in the closet, basically saying it doesn’t matter.
In order to decide whether or not Dumbledore actually is gay, it opens up a bigger literary can of worms. Who gets final say on the interpretation of a character, especially when the evidence on the page is ambiguous? Does the author get final say based on her intention? Do the readers get final say based on what’s there on the page? Who gets to decide?
So you tell me: who owns the characters on a page? The Author? The readers? A combination?