Dear JK Rowling…
If you are a reader of Huffington Post (or as I like to call it, The Huff Po) you possibly read an Op-Ed article addressed to JK Rowling. If you want to read the whole thing, it is here. If you don’t want to read it because you don’t like reading, or if you only like browsing the HuffPo for the sake of saying you browsed it, then allow me to give you the Sparknotes version. The author is basically telling JK Rowling to back off from writing. Now this may seem a bit harsh and unnecessary to some of you… and that’s because it is. Basically the idea is that, with mega authors like Rowling selling books simply because of her name, it is becoming almost impossible for other, smaller authors to enter the market. I will give aa slightly longer analysis of my thoughts below, but the short version is this: No duh!
Here is my thought on this whole issue. Why is this even a problem? The author, a seemingly clueless Lynn Shepherd, seems to think that this is something new. It isn’t like the idea that your name alone can sell product is an invention of the 21st century. In fact I would be willing to bet that dude who invented fire probably had a terrible invention that followed that everyone loved, simply because his first thing was so great. Is Shepherd’s idea that once you’ve had one solid hit you should stop creating work, back off, and allow others to have their chance? Doesn’t that seemingly destroy one of the primary purposes of creating art, that is, to continue to push yourself to make more?
Can you imagine what would have happened if “Please, Please Me” was the first and last album The Beatles ever made? Can you think of a world that only got to read “The Hobbit” but none of the rest of J.R.R. Tolkein’s work? Or what if Bob Fosse stopped dancing after “Call Me Mister” or Spielberg quit directing after “Amblin”? Or an even better question… imagine the millions of artists who would never have created anything because they were never exposed to the subsequent work of these artists. So here is my letter to JK Rowling: Keep at it, girl. Keep making other artists push themselves to make it in the market. The day it becomes easy to be a hit, the day it isn’t worth it.
Let me know your thoughts on all of this. Do you think JK Rowling should put down the pen to make room for others? Also make sure to comment, share, and subscribe for more musings… and make sure to subscribe to my vlog channel here!