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    • The upper-middle-class suburbanites of J.K. Rowling's acquaintance
    • Whoever picked on Stephen King in secondary school
    • The person who introduced George R.R. Martin to historical ballad
    • The rationing board that dominated Brian Jacques' childhood
    • The same rationing board, this time with George Orwell
    • Anyone who knew Roald Dahl when they were children
    • Jodi Picoult's entire immediate family
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    I don't get what this is about? If it's about being killed off in a novel, then people have very different ideas about it. I certainly wouldn't waste a good death on somebody I disliked, and would be overjoyed if somebody I know decided to kill me off in a story. But I really can't tell.
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    How about a Jovian Uplift stuck in a Case morph? it makes so little sense.

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    It's about people who would have reason to suspect a real-life mortal grudge, or be horrified in retrospect about their interactions with the writer. Most often both.
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    Any member of Englandís Victorian age who has ever met Charles Dickens?


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    Rowling once said that Gilderoy Lockheart was based on a particularly arrogant person she knows.

    She told him she based a character on him, and the real Lockheart assumed it was Dumbledore.
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    Anyone who knew Rohl Dahl as an adult should be on the list as well. Dude wrote some...weird...stuff when he wasn't aiming for a child audience.
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    J M Barrie was another one people should have been worried about. Im not certain how accurate the rumors are about the peter pan author, but he may have had some questionable tastes.
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    Gillian Flynn spends far too much time thinking about killing or ruining her husbands life to be comfortable. The moment Gone Girl came out I would have been looking for exits.
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    Most of the time, people don't care about writers or how successful you are, they never admit defeat and will always find someone who is better than you.

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    If you're ever at GRRM's house, don't eat the pie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by An Enemy Spy View Post
    If you're ever at GRRM's house, don't eat the pie!
    Or drink the wine.
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    Or drink the wine.
    And certainly don't accept any wedding invitations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taro View Post
    Or drink the wine.
    If you hear music, you should dive out the nearest window. Its the only way to be sure.
    "Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Europae vincendarum"
    Translation: "Sometimes I get this urge to conquer large parts of Europe."

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    "If you don't get those cameras out of my face, I'm gonna go 8.6 on the Richter scale with gastric emissions that'll clear this room."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traab View Post
    If you hear music, you should dive out the nearest window. Its the only way to be sure.
    Why bother jumping when someone will gladly push you?

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    Why bother jumping when someone will gladly push you?
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    James Joyce roped his poor wife into his fart fetish according to a bunch of very embarrassing (and absurdly lewd; some seriously NSFW words behind the link) letters between them so I guess anyone who has a bum and farts should be scared of him?
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    If George R.R. Martin and real-life biographical details are to steal the thread, we can't neglect Stan Lee. Huffington isn't sure he was sincere in this letter, but I think he was: he's since done a lot of (blood-curdling) work in all three of the motifs which he praised here.
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    Tamora Pierce v bigots, especially but not only misogynists

    Kids in general should fear Stephen King.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rater202 View Post
    Rowling once said that Gilderoy Lockheart was based on a particularly arrogant person she knows.

    She told him she based a character on him, and the real Lockheart assumed it was Dumbledore.
    Haaaaaaaa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rater202 View Post
    Rowling once said that Gilderoy Lockheart was based on a particularly arrogant person she knows.

    She told him she based a character on him, and the real Lockheart assumed it was Dumbledore.
    *slow clap* That is beautiful.

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    LOL I have several friends who are best sellers and they regularly kill off their fans and friends. I know one who posts on his facebook page quite often looking for red shirt volunteers. I have been killed off in current star wars cannon and as a standard Joe in another book by the above writer. Its fun to be mentioned in literature even if you do get off'd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpentine View Post

    Kids Humanity in general should fear Stephen King.
    Fixed that one for you. ;)



    Also, I distinctly recall Rowling saying something or other about basing Dolorus Umbridge on a woman she had as a coworker IRL at one point. And to hear Rowling tell it, the only thing that changed was at the end Umbridge lost, objectively, was executed for being in the wrong and objectively evil, and oh, she changed the name, and made a few details of her appearance match her personality.


    I've a hunch Rowling is being less than objective about how bad this person really was. Perhaps considerably less.
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    ...Okay, yeah. Patronizing petty tyrants are to be found in any sufficiently soulless institution you can name, but I really don't think that type of person much indulges in outright torture. (We can give the link with dementors a bye. Makes sense at least symbolically.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metahuman1 View Post
    Fixed that one for you. ;)



    Also, I distinctly recall Rowling saying something or other about basing Dolorus Umbridge on a woman she had as a coworker IRL at one point. And to hear Rowling tell it, the only thing that changed was at the end Umbridge lost, objectively, was executed for being in the wrong and objectively evil, and oh, she changed the name, and made a few details of her appearance match her personality.


    I've a hunch Rowling is being less than objective about how bad this person really was. Perhaps considerably less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DomaDoma View Post
    ...Okay, yeah. Patronizing petty tyrants are to be found in any sufficiently soulless institution you can name, but I really don't think that type of person much indulges in outright torture. (We can give the link with dementors a bye. Makes sense at least symbolically.)
    I don't find it at all umrealistic that Rowling might have found herself working with a racist, power hungry, narcisistic, and sadistic controll freak. Those kinds of people, especially in combinations of two or more, are desturbingly more common than you'd think.

    Hell, if you don't know at least one person who'd eagerly join the bad guys for power, count yourself lucky.
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    I could swear Rowling made a remark on Twitter at some point or other that boiled down to the fact that the entire line of reasoning for why this person was so impossibly awful was that she voted the opposite way from Rowling in an election, and was of the opposite party and tended to agree with a majority of that party's political stances.

    And another some time after the last book was out that she was one of the few they out right gave an execution too for her crimes due to the sheer volume of people who died because of her actions.
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    Uuuuuh I can't find anything about Umbridge being executed, including on Potter-specific sites that one would expect to be meticulous about such things.

    Rowling herself says Umbridge is a composite of a few different people and sources, none of them quite as bad as Dolores herself. But I can conceive of getting an impression from someone that they would be sadistic and indulge in physical torture if they got the chance and thought they could get away with it, even if they haven't actually hurt anyone... yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metahuman1 View Post
    Also, I distinctly recall Rowling saying something or other about basing Dolorus Umbridge on a woman she had as a coworker IRL at one point. And to hear Rowling tell it, the only thing that changed was at the end Umbridge lost, objectively, was executed for being in the wrong and objectively evil, and oh, she changed the name, and made a few details of her appearance match her personality.

    I've a hunch Rowling is being less than objective about how bad this person really was. Perhaps considerably less.
    No, Rowling states openly that the woman she based Umbridge on wasn't evil or bigoted, she simply had a very aggravating personality.

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    ETA: The following paragraph serves me right for keeping the tab open too long.

    I would hazard that JKR's Tory middle manager doesn't deserve (as Rater correctly said) life in Azkaban, but Umbridge herself certainly does, and maybe if she's envisioning the Tory middle manager under the Thicknesse administration it may not be so much of a stretch. (Under Fudge, it still probably is a stretch.)

    I will say that, as of the first post-OotP interview, her least favorite character was not Umbridge but Uncle Vernon. Which definitely supports the thesis that Tories should probably be scared of her, but rather undermines the idea that Umbridge was based on someone in particular. Shoot, even as a purely fictional creation she scalds us all.
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    Anyone who knew Rohl Dahl as an adult should be on the list as well. Dude wrote some...weird...stuff when he wasn't aiming for a child audience.
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