The killing was good shock value, I guess. But this theory would explain the last 2-3 books. I can’t see the fence for all the weeds that keep growing all over the place! Maybe if he woulda planned it a little, he wouldn’t have to introduce 20 new characters every book. XO
I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.
The opening animation for Dirty Pair: Project Eden (1986) is one of my favorite two minutes of animation at the moment. And according to ANN its by Koji Morimoto, who founded Studio 4°C and has worked on some of my other favorite animated films!