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Scott Francis Baker

May 1st, 2008

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J.K. Rowling is claiming someone infringed her intellectual property when they decided to write a Harry Potter Lexicon. The whole thing is just silly considering the amount of money JKR already made from her stories. Let someone write a little encyclopedia, it's only going to help the novels in the long term.

Orson Scott Card spoke out against the whole thing, saying that "borrowing" ideas is how fiction gets written. In fact he feels like maybe he's been ripped off:

A young kid growing up in an oppressive family situation suddenly learns that he is one of a special class of children with special abilities, who are to be educated in a remote training facility where student life is dominated by an intense game played by teams flying in midair, at which this kid turns out to be exceptionally talented and a natural leader. He trains other kids in unauthorized extra sessions, which enrages his enemies, who attack him with the intention of killing him; but he is protected by his loyal, brilliant friends and gains strength from the love of some of his family members. He is given special guidance by an older man of legendary accomplishments who previously kept the enemy at bay. He goes on to become the crucial figure in a struggle against an unseen enemy who threatens the whole world.
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Date:May 2nd, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)


I would think it would be to her benefit if people reading her books were less confused about who is who, what and where is where. I cna remember a time when lost of people were intimidated about reading the Old Testament of the Bible because the names and the unfamiliar geography made the narrative confusing and difficult to decipher. Then, along came Bible Dictionaries and Bible Study workbooks and it made a terrific different to a great many people, both churched and un-churched. I think JK Rowling needs to rethink this one. I she asks me, I will tell her that. But she won't.

Scott Francis Baker