By Mica Bernhard
It’s been fifty-five years since To Kill a Mockingbird was first published, and the now-adults who spent their adolescence and later years recognizing its place in the American canon are not the only ones who have grown up. The Scout Finch we all know and love will make a reappearance this July in Harper Lee’s newest addition to her very short list of published novels (a whopping total of one), entitled Go Set a Watchman. Here’s the catch: Scout will be featured as a twenty-something-year-old returning from New York City to her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama.
The timing of Lee’s new novel has roused skepticism from many, as her debilitated state and previous staunch resistance to publishing any other written works seems to contradict the publication of the book. Regardless, Lee’s lawyer and accidental discoverer of the manuscript, Tonja B. Carter, remains committed to the true story: Lee had written Go Set a Watchman first, but was advised to take out the flashback scenes of Scout as a young girl and base another storyline off of them, a storyline that would come to be known as To Kill a Mockingbird. Having had her original work rejected, she believed it to be lost--up until now. This July, students, teachers, and parents alike will be able to flock to their nearest bookstore and finally satisfy that need for more of Harper Lee’s distinguished literary voice.
As if the excitement surrounding this new novel wasn’t enough, on Tuesday a camera crew from the NBC Today Show arrived on campus and filmed an interview with several students as well as teachers on the topic.
Spartans Ben Blanco, Christian Brown, Hannah Chong, Angel Gomez, Kerensa McElrath, and Scott Slattery all took part in a series of questions that ranged from, ¨What are your thoughts on the new book?” to ¨How might this compare to the first novel?¨
After being spread out among the desks and organized to fit the camera, the students were taught some typical tv-etiquette with one major rule of not talking when others are in order to maintain balanced microphone levels. They were then filmed discussing their thoughts on the new novel that would later be dubbed over with reporting from the show.
¨It felt very impromptu and spontaneous. There were only three film crew members and they all came at different times, but it was cool to get to see the way journalism is carried out in the real world,¨ said junior Jordan Cutler-Tietjen, who watched from behind-the-scenes.
When asked what he thought of the experience, senior Ben Blanco said, “I think it was really interesting how professional they were and easy to work with. It’s truly surreal seeing yourself say something on national television.¨
To see the clip of LCHS’ thirty-second moment of fame for yourself, check out www.today.com/news/second-novel-harper-lee-be-published-summer-2d80471138.
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