When I was a journalist, legal affairs were my field of coverage. I loved spending days in the Corruption Eradication Commission and the Attorney’s General Office or covering high-profile cases in some courts in Jakarta. I felt like a detective. I felt like I was an important person for bringing up issues that matter most to people in Indonesia. This went on for several months and I kept loving the subject because I have great fellow reporters.
But when it comes to writing, I have quite bad experiences. The first attempt was reading ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.” And to be honest, I quite dislike the book. Despite the good idea, essential message about racism and mixed feelings on the ending of the book, “To Kill A Mockingbird” somehow lacks of something that is so damn important for any good novels, in my humble opinions, which is emotion.
“To Kill A Mockingbird” pushed me to read fast. The story went so quick. Its telling-kind-of-way then led me to have failed getting myself engaged with some of its major characters. As I may have written in previous posts, I dislike telling-kind-of-way when it comes to novels because that makes the story, no matter how grand the idea is, turns out to be boring. The method does not raise my suspicion. It fails to trigger my imagination.
As such, what I remember most from “To Kill A Mockingbird” is nothing more than its core issue and mixed sensations that come after reading it. It doesn’t leave deep impressions as I had expected.
“The Warden” is better than “To Kill A Mockingbird”. I am comparing the two titles as they both focus on legal affairs as the core of the problems. “The Warden” is more memorable because it tells readers more on each of the main character’s stance of the legal issue not just on the issue itself. From there, the best thing about the novel is knowing that each of them has a solid stance for his or her action; that no one is fully right or wholly wrong; that entire judgement, if readers wanna come with a certain one, is really up to them.
Each of the characters’ personality, moral values, different point of views on the disputed Hiram’s hospital is what makes “The Warden” speaks much louder than “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The unfair provision of the Hiram’s Estate is just a trigger. How the differences of perspectives and actions taken by each of the main character is what the novel is all about. Consequently, this what makes me prefer “The Warden” to “To Kill A Mockingbird” because in the former book, legal affairs can be much deeper, offering more than just who is right or wrong at the end of the story.