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J.K. Rowling Has So Far Avoided Fifty Shades of Grey

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The Guardian recently interviewed inventor of the modern child's imagination J.K. Rowling ahead of the September 27th release of her not-Harry Potter book called The Casual Vacancy. Rowling seems, on the whole, pretty nervous about this latest endeavor, because the book means a lot to her, since it writing it offered a clean break from the business empire she was suddenly managing once the Potter movies started lighting everyone's ticket stubs on fire:

And it's [the business] a real bore. Should I be more diplomatic? Oh, I don't care. No, there is literally nothing on the business side that I wouldn't sacrifice in a heartbeat to have an extra couple of hours' writing. Nothing. That sounds hideously ungrateful because it's made me an awful lot of money, and I'm very grateful for that. But it's not something that interests me, and there have been lots of opportunities to do things that make more money, and I've said no.

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She also explained that one of her biggest fears was that her post-Potter book would get picked up by a publisher immediately, on the strength of previous success:

Absolutely, that was my worst nightmare. The moment I said I'd finished a book, I knew what would happen. There would be a bidding war, and I would end up with someone who'd got the fattest wallet, who had bought it because I'd written Harry Potter. That would have been why.

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In a sense, Rowling said, writing such a different book — which she considered publishing under a pseudonym — without anyone to impress but herself was a bold way to go about moving on from her work on the Potter series:

But in some ways I think it's braver to do it like this. And, to an extent, you know what? The worst that can happen is that everyone says, 'Well, that was dreadful, she should have stuck to writing for kids' and I can take that. So, yeah, I'll put it out there, and if everyone says, 'Well, that's shockingly bad – back to wizards with you', then obviously I won't be throwing a party. But I will live. I will live.

Until her new book is released, — on the eve of Halloween (almost), spooky, scary! — Rowling will most likely be busy with a press tour and with stalwartly not reading Fifty Shades of Grey, which she "promised" her editor she'd stay far away from.

J.K. Rowling [The Guardian]

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DoraDoraBoBora
DoraDoraBoBora

Okay, look. I read the original fan-fiction (or at least as much as I could get through before I got bored) when this all took off. I just want to say...

I GET IT. You think it's a dumb book, people. Congratulations, you have an opinion on something that is popular! But that's all it is. An opinion. And I find the people who will spend forever telling you how awful it is and how nobody should ever read it and how they CAN'T IMAGINE ANYONE LIKING IT perhaps even MORE obnoxious than the people who genuinely enjoy the stuff.

As much as I personally felt 50 Shades was extremely poorly written and not particularly erotic (as well as a piss-poor representation of a healthy BDSM relationship from what I understand), it's a book, and a fucking huge one, that a lot of people DO love, and they are more than entitled to. If anything, I can at least say this book has probably been the catalyst for some people in bringing sex and sexuality (not orientation necessarily) out of the closet and into the spotlight, making it something people can laugh about and discuss (sex, that is) so it isn't considered as gross as perverse as some people have always treated it. And I think more people need to stop feeling bad about wanting to know more about sex or enjoy it/pornography in general.

Besides, this lady wrote, like, what, almost a thousand pages of a story that has been bought (and enjoyed) by thousands and thousands and thousands of people? Shit, that's more than I've ever done myself. Lady, I didn't enjoy your book, but high five for getting it done.