Posts Tagged ‘J.K.Rowling’

A thank you note to Ms. Rowling



Dear Ms. Rowling,

Every once in a while there’s a person who elevates your whole profession. Jerry Jenkins did that for Christian Fiction. You, Ms. Rowling, did that for the entire fiction industry. On the 20th birthday of your Harry Potter series, it seemed fitting to thank you. Though I will never even approach your level of genius, I slog away within the little box of my genre. You, Ms. Rowling, wrote your fantastical series without regard for labels or genres. Perhaps that is why yours is the only book series I’ve ever encountered that enchants kids and their parents. Your series put the match to the reading flame again, reminding folks that an exceptional book can cross lines of age, race, geography, etc. And to think, Ms. Rowling, you produced your first Harry Potter novels without the obligatory Facebook following, Instagram horde, or even a You Tube channel. You unleashed your book on the world without so much as a hint of the crucial writer’s platform. You transported us with your words, your worlds and sent both old and new readers scrambling to pull up a chair and tuck into your stories. Thank you for changing the world of fiction, Ms. Rowling. We owe you a debt of gratitude.


Dana Mentink

P.S. Blog readers, why do you think Ms. Rowling’s books captured the world’s attention?

Science fiction and fantasy…who’s at the top of the genre?

dragonContinuing on with the author King and Queen lists, we move onto genres which are often lumped together, though they can be quite distinct. I’m going to need some help with the Science Fiction/Fantasy realm. As a youngster, I devoured all things by C.S. Lewis, L. Frank Baum, Madeleine L’Engle and others. I’ve also enjoyed some of Terry Prachett’s work and of course, Douglas Adams and Tolkien. If I had to vote for Queen I’d probably go with the obvious J.K. Rowling but I noticed she did not make the top ten in the NPR poll I’ve linked here.

King of sci/fi fantasy for me would be C.S. Lewis but I’ve strayed from the genre for a while, so I need some fresh recommendations.
Who are your picks for King/Queen of Sci-Fi and Fantasy? Or do you think those genres should not be lumped into one? Do tell.

Tolkien and Rowling’s shared burden

After The Lord of the Rings was released, Tolkien felt the dark side of fame. Fans were causing problems. They came in droves to stare at his home. Readers would call his house (not realizing they were in a different time zone) at all hours and demand to know if Frodo had succeeded or failed in his quest or any number of questions about the world he had created. He was forced to move to Bournemouth and unlist his number.

I imagine that anyone regarded as a “star” these days has the same problem. Movie stars, however, like Hugh Jackman and Natalie Portman expect this kind of attention. Authors,generally, are quite happy to be behind the scenes people. In her interview with Polly Dunbar, Rowling said, ” You don’t expect the kind  of  problems that [fame] brings with it,” she says. “I felt that I  had to solve everyone’s problems. I was hit by this tsunami of demands.” Ultimately, the super private Rowling sought therapy to deal with the horrors of stardom.

So what do you think about fame? Does creating a project for the public mean accepting the fame that comes with it, wanted or not? If you could choose to be a movie star or a bestselling author, which would you pick? Comments get you entered in the December drawing for an iTunes gift card and signed book.

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