Ok guys. I’ve done it. I’ve ordered Go Set a Watchman and I’m eagerly anticipating its delivery.
I am so terrified, especially after hearing that the chapter preview said that Atticus is now in the Ku Klux Klan. (Thank you, everybody on the internet, for mentioning it without a spoiler alert, by the way. I do so enjoy feeling punched in the gut when I open the Facebook app on the pot.) [Speaking of which: ***SPOILER ALERT*** Heh heh.]
I have this feeling each time a sequel is announced for a book that I really love, and that worked really well as a stand-alone.
It isn’t the end of the world though, is it guys? Atticus Finch has inspired hundreds of idealistic, altruistic lawyers in the real world, guys. Our world.
I’m sure some of them were eventually embittered and hardened by reality or just their perception of reality, which incidentally, may be what happened to Atticus. No? Even so, lots of people have entered the profession because of To Kill a Mockingbird. Does a sequel REALLY have to take away from that?
I am so annoyed by all these posts about parents who named their children Atticus who are now supposedly devastated, and what not. I mean, come on! Why? Did your child’s personality alter? Did your hopes and dreams for them alter? I thought not!
Artistic freedom is still a thing, guys. (Although there is a huge controversy about whether Harper Lee really intended this book to see the light of day, but that’s a discussion for a different time. Let’s assume her full and informed consent for the moment.)
So let’s try to get over our angst and read the book. Yes? Or not read the book. And continue loving To Kill a Mockingbird. (That last one isn’t optional.)
On that note, the REAL purpose of this post is to announce that I will be live tweeting as I read Go Set a Watchman and I’ll also write daily posts (Or once in 3 days. Whatever. Still an improvement right? :p) about my thoughts through the book. With my current schedule, it’ll take ages But…um… stay tuned. :p
I was thinking of using the hashtag #owlishreadsGSAW.
So yes. I guess that’s all.
Oh one last thing. I AM NOW A WEBSITE OWNER. THAT’S RIGHT, PEOPLE! My blog can now be accessed at owlishwriter.com! Go ahead and bookmark it for your easy access! Woot!
Follow me on Twitter if you want to witness me freak out about the book in real time. And everywhere else too, because why not. :p
That’s all for now, I guess. 🙂