22 July 2007

J K Rowling

Good author, bad industry

Terence Blacker excellent in The Independent on Sunday on the Potter phenomenon and how the book trade was given an opportunity unlike any other - and conspired to lose money on it.

Very good analysis of JKR's own trials and tribulations, how she has struck a blow for the old-fashioned power of storytelling in a reality addled culture, and has proved that what matters is not publicity or image, but the words on the page.

"Its moral is rather more complicated, combining as it does personal triumph with corporate idiocy.

J K Rowling's extraordinary personal achievement has been to follow her imagination over the years, to keep faith, as the world went mad around her, with the idea which had emerged when she was unknown."

No comments :