1. When my book comes out I promise not to ignore my critics. I will reach out to them on their Facebook page, download a picture of them, print it out and throw darts at it.
2. We have moved on from bumper sticker theology to Twitter theology.
3. Thinking about adding “invented the BBQ pork quesadilla with Veleveeta” to my already swelling resumè.
4. Only a sports journalist would ignore history while making the case that Cabrera has made history and therefore should win AL MVP.
5. Saw a bumper sticker with the sign of the Deathly Hallows and my first thought was “How nerdy is that?” And then I wondered where I could get one.
6. It’s that time of year again when I start asking myself the all-important question of whether I should buy a Han Solo costume.
7. When J.K. Rowling was asked if she was worried that the kids who grew up reading her Harry Potter books would now be reading her newest book which has a lot of sexual content in it, she said she never asked to be anyone’s babysitter. No, but you did ask to be invited into our homes.
8. I decided to cut the grass when my kids asked to go play in the woods and they meant the front yard.
9. You know the conservative won the debate when your liberal friends tweet about how boring the debate was.
10. Evangelicalism has become a circus and the ringleaders decry those who exit the tent.
Wow 7 is strong. “you did ask to be invited into our homes” ??? Really? I understand she wrote some children’s books. No one has to buy the new one. Are we saying it’s OK when Peter Jackson abandons super violent horror movies to make LOTR but not the other way around?
I agree no one has to buy her book. But I would add that authors and artists have as much responsibility as plumbers and preachers if it is all spiritual work.
It seems to me that as the Harry Potter series progressed, they became less and less children’s books anyway…I don’t see the issue. Her original audience is all grown up…if parents are letting their kids buy adult books with questionable content, that’s on the parents, not the author.
Got to say Matt I am really struggling to see a connection between Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling’s responsibility to readers at large – ‘asking to be invited into our homes’ – responsibility – plumbers – and “if it’s all spiritual work”. I’m sure there maybe a narrative that ties it all together and I could probably invent one or take a guess at what yours is, but it looks like you’re piling assumption on top of assumption any one of which is open to debate. I’d love to hear you spell out your thoughts in a longer post.
Can I just throw in a perspective in as an artist? (I’m a songwriter, not a novelist). When I create something I do it first for myself. To please myself, for catharsis, for the fun of creating – many reasons. Then I share it with the world. Some people, if the art is good (not that often in my case) form a strong attachment to the song. It MEANS something to them. Sometimes more than it means to me. Sometimes different than it means to me. Sometimes it means something contradictory to what it means to me (a song I wrote as a love song to my wife ‘helped’ someone I know through a divorce). In a real sense once the song is out there it doesn’t belong to me any more. It definitely isn’t part of me. If someone forms a strong bond with a piece of art it can feel like they have a strong bond with it’s creator. This is probably almost always a false feeling. And the way people express that bond can sometimes be very damaging to the creator as they try to keep functioning as an artist.
You sound like you have a very strong bond with the Harry Potter books. And I know it’s the same with C.S.Lewis’ books. But you speak like J.K. Rowling has let you, or your children or children in general down. But we have no relationship with her and she has no responsibility towards us. Or rather she no more responsibility than all artists have. The fact that she is the Harry Potter author doesn’t mean she has entered into some kind of social contract with Potter fans. Would you feel anyway near as strongly if The Casual Vacancy had been her first book?
Enjoy the Potter books, or not, and hate the new book if you want and tell the world just how much it sucks and how dangerous it is. But please don’t put a kind of expectation on a writer that they have somehow let people down, and failed to do what they should do – that’s the kiss of death to creativity.
Sorry to be so passionate
We are just going to have to disagree on this. I assume authors have a responsibility to their readers just as bankers do to their customers, preachers to their parishioners.