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2013-09-12 07:43:39 PM  

Fano: FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)

Crowding out? One can make the argument that she created a market for tween literature. When I was a kid, there seemed to be a big jump between kiddie books and adult lit. Finished with Babysitters Club/hardy boys/cleary/judy blume? Off to read Dickens and Austen.


I agree to an extent. Her entries definitely created a more definable line of children's literature. I found myself marveling at how much I enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy yet couldn't find a similar style book when I was actually 14 or 15. By that time, I moved on to adult fiction like Koontz, King, Laymon and so forth.

That said, her presence does hurt other start-up authors because their scripts/entries are less likely to be read if a more known author announces their new novel. Much like what Cortez did to Saliere in Finding Forrester. I find the same to be true of the titans of rap. Why let a starving artist have a try when Jay-Z will be releasing a remastered set with two new tracks.

/Goblet of Fire destroyed a good portion of my class time in astronomy and Baldwin literature course.
//While we're on books, I have to say the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant and The Ruins by Scott Smith are two recently read books I enjoyed immensely. I'm now starting on Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities
///good slashies come in threes
 
2013-09-12 08:01:14 PM  
I wish she would do a HP in the future, like two generations.
 
2013-09-12 08:03:34 PM  

Saiga410: Copperbelly watersnake: She gets a lot of credit in my mind for not going the prequel route.

The prequels will be written by JKs son and another author.  These will cover the original raise of Voldemort.  Then they will do a pre pre prequel that will cover the actual generation of the hallows.   Then they will go thousands of years into the future and reveal that the hallows were not destroyed by Harry and only the 10^6th clone of Neville have the power to distroy them.


I see you've played this game before.
 
2013-09-12 08:15:49 PM  
Order of the Pheonix is my favorite book because Fred and George are my favorite characters, and the are really highlighted in this book.

I cringe every time Harry decides to go to the ministry though.
 
2013-09-12 08:42:56 PM  

Cookbook's Anarchist: Fano: FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)

Crowding out? One can make the argument that she created a market for tween literature. When I was a kid, there seemed to be a big jump between kiddie books and adult lit. Finished with Babysitters Club/hardy boys/cleary/judy blume? Off to read Dickens and Austen.

I agree to an extent. Her entries definitely created a more definable line of children's literature. I found myself marveling at how much I enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy yet couldn't find a similar style book when I was actually 14 or 15. By that time, I moved on to adult fiction like Koontz, King, Laymon and so forth.

That said, her presence does hurt other start-up authors because their scripts/entries are less likely to be read if a more known author announces their new novel. Much like what Cortez did to Saliere in Finding Forrester. I find the same to be true of the titans of rap. Why let a starving artist have a try when Jay-Z will be releasing a remastered set with two new tracks.

/Goblet of Fire destroyed a good portion of my class time in astronomy and Baldwin literature course.
//While we're on books, I have to say the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant and The Ruins by Scott Smith are two recently read books I enjoyed immensely. I'm now starting on Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities
///good slashies come in threes


Fair enough. I made that comment based on recollection of my small town library as a kid. It had two floors, the first floor was general and the second floor was the one for kids. So once you'd read the heck out of "young adult" - the sort of stuff I listed, plus stuff like Bridge to Terabithia and A Day No Pigs Would Die, The Once and Future King, the endless slew of postwar British schoolboy coming of age novels, etc, there was a big jump to adult stuff. I have no doubt that as a previous poster said, I could have found plenty that blurred the lines, but I never relied on teachers to select my reading for me.

This list is interesting to me: http://info.infosoup.org/lists/ClassicsForTeens.asp a lot of usual suspect and then Brothers Karamazov and Moby Dick? Granted, I DID read both as a teen but didn't figure either would be the sort of thing most teens would go for.
 
2013-09-12 09:20:30 PM  
The Casual Vacancy managed to not only be boring, but boring and filled wholly with unlikeable characters (and this is coming from a guy who puts "Last Exit to Brooklyn" in his top 20 book list). Her attempt at writing mystery under pseudonym was, well, not even cared about until it was outed that she was the author and then, out of thin air, people with no taste in mystery fiction found it to be almost original.

I can't blame her to milking the cash cow that is Harry Potter yet again. At the end of the day, it's what brings home the bacon, not her vanity projects.
 
2013-09-12 09:55:06 PM  

DeArmondVI: The Casual Vacancy managed to not only be boring, but boring and filled wholly with unlikeable characters (and this is coming from a guy who puts "Last Exit to Brooklyn" in his top 20 book list). Her attempt at writing mystery under pseudonym was, well, not even cared about until it was outed that she was the author and then, out of thin air, people with no taste in mystery fiction found it to be almost original.

I can't blame her to milking the cash cow that is Harry Potter yet again. At the end of the day, it's what brings home the bacon, not her vanity projects.


That is a counterfactual statement.
 
2013-09-12 10:46:16 PM  
JK Rowling doesn't have to use a pseudonym to prove she can write. It's not like anyone heard of JK Rowling till she wrote a book.
 
2013-09-12 10:53:47 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"


Azkaban was the best excluding DH2 IMO.
 
2013-09-12 10:57:01 PM  
She's got the mainstream nerd-appeal down pat. Why do anything else?
 
2013-09-12 10:58:45 PM  
Let's shift gears to Harry Potter's death.

Who is Mary Poppins? Is she the sacred feminine incarnation of God, where Jesus was both God and his son? What is Mary Poppins meant to be doing, then, in the stories which she appears? Did Alan Moore really want the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre or John Constantine to ice Potter but had to change the plan?
 
2013-09-12 11:33:00 PM  

perigee: The... regret I have about Rawlings is that, considering her origins, she has a Billion dollars - and could change the Real world of the homeless. And yet, here she is, and there they are.

If having lived through the situation doesn't activate some compassionate crusade in someone That wealthy... what chance does any cause have?


What I love here is that this is in regards to an article about a book she wrote explicitly to raise money for charity.

She has given away hundreds of millions of dollars to charity.  Last year alone, she gave away like $160 million.

What I'm saying is, fark you.
 
2013-09-12 11:36:42 PM  

Dr. Kefarkian: ReapTheChaos: Wow, the butthurt over wealthy people never ends here on Fark. It's also good to see that the "everything should be free and up for grabs" crowd have poked their troll heads in as well.

I don't have a problem with wealthy people.  I have a problem with people who buy dumb shiat with their wealth.
It's the "I have fark you money" crowd that draws most of the ire here on FARK.

A net worth of $1,000,000,000.00 is "fark you" money.  Definitely.


Because you've done a trillionth as much to help humanity as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, or even Rowling?
 
2013-09-12 11:40:29 PM  

fuhfuhfuh: That is all well and good, but I would like to see a little more about  what was happening over at Vince Clortho Public School For Wizards during the whole Voldemort incident.


What, the students at Hogwarts aren't rich enough for you?  Can't have those Weasleys or Muggle-born running around in your school?
 
2013-09-12 11:41:50 PM  

meanmutton: perigee: The... regret I have about Rawlings is that, considering her origins, she has a Billion dollars - and could change the Real world of the homeless. And yet, here she is, and there they are.

If having lived through the situation doesn't activate some compassionate crusade in someone That wealthy... what chance does any cause have?

What I love here is that this is in regards to an article about a book she wrote explicitly to raise money for charity.

She has given away hundreds of millions of dollars to charity.  Last year alone, she gave away like $160 million.

What I'm saying is, fark you.


I mean seriously, why are there still homeless people? I mean, it's not like whole governments don't spend billions every year to prevent poverty. Surely one English woman giving away lots of her vast fortune should have ended it overnight.
 
2013-09-13 01:10:17 AM  

meanmutton: fuhfuhfuh: That is all well and good, but I would like to see a little more about  what was happening over at Vince Clortho Public School For Wizards during the whole Voldemort incident.

What, the students at Hogwarts aren't rich enough for you?  Can't have those Weasleys or Muggle-born running around in your school?


Yeah... rich. http://vimeo.com/54162829
 
2013-09-13 01:11:30 AM  
I thought people were over this fad by now?
 
2013-09-13 01:15:18 AM  
Not a fan, per se (never read the books), But the movies were all entertaining popcorn flicks. I say go for it.
 
2013-09-13 08:10:24 AM  

cards fan by association: Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"

Azkaban was the best excluding DH2 IMO.


I loved 5 and the finale.

I'm sorry, when you kill the mascot in the first 60 pages of the book you most certainly have my attentiom.
 
2013-09-13 12:17:24 PM  
Finally we will have clarification on just what exactly a Blabbersnatch is.
 
2013-09-13 02:11:01 PM  

Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????


Meh unlike most billionaires she actually earned her fortune
 
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