|Lisa A. wrote:|
|... made a smaller universe (not fewer books) and spent more time developing the stories of perhaps three or four families and the people that surround them?|
|I think she certainly could have avoided making the school so huge in the later books. Obviously she wanted it to be successful, but she could not envisage the reality of a school of 400+ The catering alone would be a nightmare for Karen and her minions.|
|Obviously she wanted it to be successful, but she could not envisage the reality of a school of 400+ The catering alone would be a nightmare for Karen and her minions.|
I agree. And really, I don't get a sense of the school actually being that big at all. So, the only way we know the school is that big is becuase EBD keeps telling us so. I suspect she does this mainly becuase she wants us to perceive the school as successful, and an ever increasing school roll is the easiest way to demonstrate this.
|Up until the last few books, EBD tends to concentrate on a few main groups at a time, with other forms appearing in passing. They are generally spread out, so we are concentrating on one group of junior middles, one of middles and one of seniors. It also explains why periodically we have a year where the prefects are all minor characters - that's not one of the focal years.
I suspect that by about triplets EBD was looking to expand to a new focal group - at that point we had the triplets as prefects and Jack's gang as naughty middles, so she needed a new, younger group to add to the mix as up and coming naughty middles for Jack's Gang to be prefects to.
However, as I iterated in a previous post, she can't seem to make up her mind. We have a series of books about different forms, none of which really have enough writing invested in them to become real.
If the series had continued, it would be interesting to see which group won out.
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