Monday, August 13, 2007

Stephen King on J.K. Rowling

Check out this wonderful essay by Stephen King about J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter phenomenon.
It was children whom Ms. Rowling — like her Fear Street precursor, but with considerably more skill — captivated first, demonstrating with the irrefutable logic of something like 10 bazillion books sold that kids are still perfectly willing to put aside their iPods and Game Boys and pick up a book...if the magic is there. That reading itself is magical is a thing I never doubted. I'd give a lot to know how many teenagers (and preteens) texted this message in the days following the last book's release: DON'T CALL ME TODAY I'M READING.
How cool would it be to sit down and have lunch with King and Rowling? That could be a book in itself.

P.S. There are spoilers in the article, so if you're still not done, don't click through.


PJ said...

About 2 years ago, JK Rowling, Stephen King and the writer of GARP hosted a conference over a few days where each of them discussed their novels and their writing. It would have been a really interesting event to attend.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the link to the Stephen King essay. Being a huge fan of both writers, I think it will be an interesting read. Love your blog (I too am a reader and knitter).