March 19, 2007

deathly hallows longer in american english

I just read this on Mugglenet:
British book chain Waterstone's is currently listing Deathly Hallows on their website as having 608 pages. If correct, this would make the US edition around 688 pages long.
So, why exactly would the US edition be 80 pages longer? Is American English so much wordier? Well, it seems that there's more to it than just changing "queue" to "line" and "philosopher" to "sorcerer". Here's an example from HP4 (taken from this website). First, the UK version:
Harry had been on the Gryffindor House Quidditch team ever since his first year at Hogwarts and owned one of the best racing brooms in the world, a Firebolt. Flying came more naturally to Harry than anything else in the magical world, and he played in the position of Seeker on the Gryffindor House team.
And now the US version:
Harry was passionate about Quidditch. He had played as Seeker on the Gryffindor house Quidditch team ever since his first year at Hogwarts and owned a Firebolt, one of the best racing brooms in the world. Harry had been on the Gryffindor House Quidditch team ever since his first year at Hogwarts and owned one of the best racing brooms in the world, a Firebolt. Flying came more naturally to Harry than anything else in the magical world, and he played in the position of Seeker on the Gryffindor House team.
It seems, then, that readers of the US edition don't just get wider margins and more illustrations, they also get more explanation. Is this a good thing?

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