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In Defense of J.K. Rowling…

Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, is in a lot of heat for writing a new book called, “A Cuckoo’s Calling” under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. Rowling was exposed for this by somebody on twitter, and it turns out that one of her law partners was behind the revelation.

More on the story, here.

You see people, this is nothing new with authors in the world of books. Many authors in the past have used pseudonyms (or better known as “pen names”). The most well-known author who have used a “pen name” is Stephen King — which he released a number of books under the name of Richard Bachman. Anne Rice did it too. Stan Lee, the Marvel icon. Even C.S. Lewis, Isaac Asimov and Washington Irving has had pen names.

Why do these authors release books anonymously? Well, they all have different reasons.

Some feel that their work is garbage, and they try to release their work under a different name to try to avoid public humility and embarrassment. They also do it to protect their privacy and all that stuff. Maybe they like their work and was worried it wouldn’t sell well. Too many different reasons. They all have their own feelings on it.

They try to write anonymously the best they can but sure enough, there are going to be people who will find out who they really are? How do they find out? People could tell by their writing styles, I bet.

Stephen King tried to hide with Richard Bachman but up until the book, “Thinner” — that’s when people started to find out who Bachman really was. King has 7 books under the Bachman name.

On top of that, I can’t blame Rowling for going under a different name after all the criticism she got for her non-Harry Potter novel, “The Casual Vacancy” (which I haven’t read yet). She wants to be done with Harry Potter and move on with other stories. She can’t spend her entire life writing Harry Potter. She needs to expand her creativity and try other things, ya know? It’s gotta be hard for her. I love Harry Potter too. Love the movies and the books but I understand how she wants to move on. I understand those Harry Potter fanatics can be a little crazy. I like Harry Potter but I’m not that obsessed with the franchise.

Kev

Report: Details revealed for J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel, “The Casual Vacancy” is title…

J.K. Rowling’s publisher, Little Brown & Co. has revealed plot details of her next book aimed at adult readers. The title is, “The Casual Vacancy”, and the plot will stay far away from the wizard stuff. Totally different!

The story will be taken place in the UK in a town called, Pagford. Taken from the article, “It opens with the sudden death of a popular man whose unexpected demise shocks the town, which is described as far more menacing than its pretty facade would indicate.

The publisher said that in reality Pagford is “a town at war” with rich people fighting the poor, parents battling their teenagers, and wives in conflict with their husbands.”

The book will be getting released, Sept. 27th.

More on the story, here.

Very cool, looking forward to reading it. We’ll see how well it sells with it not being Harry Potter and all. Do you think she can still be a successful writer, even if she’s done with Harry Potter? We’ll have to wait and see what happens. If the book doesn’t sell well and it fails, oh well. She made tons of money with the Harry Potter franchise, so I’m sure she’s no longer worried about being a best selling author anymore. She continues to write ’cause that is what she does and I’m sure she doesn’t want to write Harry Potter for the rest of her life. Writers have to write different things.

Kev

Thought: The Oscars loves, “Lord of the Rings” franchise but not “Harry Potter”???

The Oscars gave all three of the LOTR a nod at the nominations, but “Return of the King”, actually won Best Picture that year. Harry Potter? Nothing.

Well, Harry Potter may have gotten small nominations over the years like best editing, sounds effects, makeup, etc. but Harry Potter franchise, never got any major nominations. Now that the Harry Potter franchise is all done and over with, there is no chance for Oscars. No chance for “Best Picture”, “Director”, “Actor/Actress”, etc.

While I do love all the Harry Potter films, none of them are best picture worthy. They could have been if they were written better and directed better. There are actually a few actors in the Harry Potter series that I wish could have gotten a nod like Richard Harris who played Dumbledore, and Alan Rickman who played Professor Snape should have gotten something too. I also thought Ralph Fiennes did a great job playing Voldermort.

I do agree that Harry Potter was snubbed a lot though. Sad, but that’s the way it is. It’s Hollywood.

Kev

Report: J.K. Rowling, officially all done with Harry Potter, she wants to try to write an adult novel next…

Ever since author, J.K. Rowling, finished writing the Harry Potter series, she hasn’t released a new novel since. It’s been 5 years since she hasn’t released a new book. That’s okay for her, ’cause she doesn’t need to release books as much anymore. She have made a fortune out of the Harry Potter books and I’m pretty sure she gets paid for the movies, that includes payments from the Harry Potter theme parks at both Universal Studios. She’s an extremely rich woman that she doesn’t need to write anymore if she doesn’t want to. I guess, she is continuing to write ’cause writing is her passion.

She has signed a book deal with Little, Brown publishing company to release her next book in the U.S. and the U.K. This will be her first novel for adult readers only and her focus in the novel could be away from magic and Wizards that she’s known for. It’s going to be a different genre even if details haven’t been released yet.

Read the full story, here.

What genre is the next book going to be? Since it’s going to be an adult story, not for children. It might be a romance novel, that might be pretty racy and sexual. Or it could be a horror novel or mystery, something like that.

I can definitely see it being away from Fantasy novels ’cause she’s done the Fantasy thing for so long with Harry Potter. I can’t blame her for wanting to do something different finally. It’ll be interesting to see what she has in store for us, and I’ll be looking forward to this book, no matter what genre it is.

Kev

Film Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 ***spoilers***

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter

Directed by: David Yates

Last night, I finally went and saw the new Harry Potter flick, “The Deathly Hollows – part 2”, here is my review…

Plot/Synopsis: Leaving right off from part 1, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley continue their adventures on the hunt for the last of Voldermort’s horcruxes, which are the items that turned Voldermort immortal. Voldermort finds out about their mission and continues his obsession on wanting to kill Harry Potter.

I thought it was pretty good, but honestly, not the best of the Harry Potter franchise. I was most impressed with the action scenes and the special effects. The action scenes were a lot of fun to watch. They were pretty violent action scenes too.

The special effects were very impressive. Yes, all of the Harry Potter films had great special effects, but the special effects in this movie was the best. There is one scene where you have to watch out for, that will give you this blinding special effects. I don’t want to give out spoilers but this is just a hint. The special effects will open your eyes for sure.

Other things I liked about the film. I thought the Neville Longbottom scenes were the most impressive, in fact, that character was the most important plot point of the whole movie. I also thought Severus Snape was very well done. In this movie, we see a different side of Snape that we haven’t seen before in the earlier movies. This movie will reveal more stuff about Snape that we never knew about before. I also liked the final confrontation of Harry Potter and Voldermort at the end, their fight scene was good, but wish it could have been a little longer and more intense.

The things I didn’t like about the film was that the writing had some slight problems. It really didn’t follow the book. It changed things around the story and left some stuff out. Things they left out: Fred’s death, Harry & Luna in the common room, Snapes & Dumbledore’s memories were rushed and left out the most important stuff, they didn’t show the death of Bellatrix Lestrange in which the book Molly Weasley was the one who killed Bellatrix (I couldn’t believe they left that out), in the books Harry teams up with Draco Malfoy at the end and they really didn’t show much of that in the movie.

Harry Potter and “Deathly Hollows part 2” was pretty good, but nothing special. I just wish it could have been written better. If I was to pick which is the best movie of the whole series, I would have to say, “The Half Blood Prince” was the best film.

Score for “Harry Potter & the Deatlhy Hollows part 2” = ** (2 stars as in “okay”)

Kev

Cool Video: A look back at the earlier Harry Potter films…

With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 coming out this weekend, Warner Bros. just released this video in youtube giving you a look back at the earlier 7 films. This is a great video Warner Bros. put together. I liked it.

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing “Deathly Hollows part 2” but will see it sometime next week, not this week.

Kev