The Death Of The Author By Roland Barthes Essays

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The Harry Potter books are some of the most popular fiction series ever written. J.K. Rowling created a story full of magic, excitement, danger, and pure, simple fun that has entertained millions of people around the world. The books have spawned toys, video games, movies, and every kind of merchandise that can be thought of for fans to enjoy. Fans always write to Rowling for information about her world and the many characters she created, but sometimes that has proved to be a problem for the very fans that beg her for it. Many fans have issues with what Rowling has said about the very story she created and molded for so many years of her life even to the point of getting angry about it. In my paper I will discuss the phenomena of fan entitlement and why I believe in my opinion that Rowling is in the right to do with what she wants with her creation and that fans sometimes take their love and ownership a little too far. In his literary essay, The Death of the Author by Roland Barthes, Barthes argues that once a writer has written his or hers work, it is no longer theirs, but instead now belongs to the readers. Barthes says this about the writer of the work. “the author is never anything more than the man who writes, just as I is no more than the man who says I”. (Barthes, web.) This statement suggests that the although the writer may be the one to create the story, they play a very small role. It is the reader that brings the work alive and owns it for themselves after…

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