Sadly, the title is no joke.
I have never read the Harry Potter series, but everyone between the ages of nine and twenty-five has, so this is a serious cultural issue.
J.K.Rowling, kazillionaire thanks to the sales of her literary efforts, recently stated that she "made a mistake" in pairing Hermione with the wrong warlock or wizard, or whatever the little devils were. What? This woman attributes to herself god-like-powers of determination of the paths her characters take? That's not right. She created the characters, true, but surely they take on lives of their own. By her own admission, predetermination of the outcome was not a factor, for she herself said that she had envisioned Harry with the heroine, but it was not to be.*
Fictional characters, just as non-fictional, or less-fictional ones, go willy-nilly through their lives, bumping into each other, ricocheting or bonding as the case may be. What has some woman in Britain to do with the outcomes?
Oh, let me guess. Vanilla's Friday morning forecast: Ms. Rowling will be releasing a new book very soon.
*One will credit an author with power of naming her characters. JKR might have chosen a name other than "Hermione," say Elizabeth or Penelope. As it is, the secondary prediction from this seat is that this generation of young women just graduating college will be naming their daughters "Hermione."
And so what if I throw a little fuel on the fire?
What do you think?