The Weekend Novelist
The Free Dictionary.com
From The Desk of Liz Ensley:
Still doing a countdown. I added another writing buddy, this morning. Yea, found someone else who also analyzes the Harry Potter books.
Not that the HP books are the only ones I analyze or read: but they're fun, and accessible for discussion, since so many people have read them. They're also close in some respects to what I'm writing. No, I'm not writing something set at a school of magic. But I am writing fantasy-based fiction, hopefully targeted towards the same audience. My magical creatures, sentient or otherwise, are different from hers, too. But hopefully, there is a core...something, that will eventually come out in analysis.
Personally, I think it was the characterization. Plot is excellent, but without characterization, you don't really have the motive to carry it out plausibly, do you.