Harry Potter and Rowling’s Story Soundscape

hogwarts_teach_us_something_please_by_albus119-d57sgo9Recently I discussed how learning styles match writing styles, and since then I’ve been more alert to writers’ use of the senses. As I read I ask myself, does the author linger with visuals, jump ahead into action, or take advantage of every sound? Which element is predominant? Inspired by Claire Saag’s guest post for StoryForge, I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

You know what I discovered? Sounds. Everywhere.

If you can, recall the scene where Harry first meets Hagrid. Boom, crash, smash! Sounds bring the chapter to life. When Rowling isn’t describing the howling wind or sizzling sausages, she plays her characters vocal chords like musical instruments. Continue reading

My Summer Reading:

Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold

Shards of Honor by Lous McMaster Bujold.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Coraline by Niel Gaiman

The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Currently Reading: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

After a semester filled with difficult, emotionally taxing texts, I have taken a wonderful break with sci-fi and fantasy.  I’ll write reviews of the ones I enjoyed the most, but if you are curious about any of them, send me a note and I’ll write a review for that one as well.  Or even better, tell me what books you have read and enjoyed this summer!