2007-09-16 08:24 am (UTC)
There's a danger to taking either 'side' too seriously; the rationalist readers have a way of acting like the objective analysis is 'superior' and 'the only truth' by implication even at best, and the emotive readers have a way of getting defensive and proprietary about their idea of-- or more accurately, feeling about the text, as if it is 'theirs' and any cold/prickly analysis or deconstruction is an assault not only on it, but on them personally.
And then there's those of us who are awesome and can be analytical and emotive at the same time, and who just bait whichever side they feel like at the time. :D Let's face it: Where's the fun in fandom if you can't give a Snape-nutcase an inch and watch them take a mile in batshit territory?
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