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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

Thought: What makes Harry Potter so great…

Some people mistakenly think that the Harry Potter series are made for young adults and children. That’s what I thought too. In the past, I wasn’t into this whole Wizard thing. That’s why I never got into Harry Potter. I suddenly became intrigued with the stories. So I first saw all the movies, and then I read all the books. I now agree that, J.K. Rowling, is a genius writer, and all this publicity she’s getting for the books is well deserved. I think that when I visited the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios last Fall is what made me get into it. I visited the Harry Potter theme park and honestly, I thought that place was going to bore me to death. The place didn’t. I found it really amazing and fascinating, so I just had to start getting into Harry Potter to see how J.K. Rowling had her own theme park there.

Why are the Harry Potter series so amazing? I can think of these reasons…

  • The writing – Seriously, J.K. Rowling’s writing is phenomenal. I just couldn’t put the books down. I just wanted more. That is why I was quick on finishing all 7 books. Her writing makes it so you can read it fast. The detail and the insights of the stories is just mind blowing. As you read the books, it makes you feel like watching a movie in your head. Her writing style is just great.
  • The characters – Mrs. Rowling, came up with some of the most unique and creative characters. There are so many characters in all of the books, it’s kind of hard to follow through them all
  • The unpredictability – You just never knew what was going to happen next in these stories. It’ll keep you guessing ’til the very end.
  • There’s something for everyone in the books – These stories are really not just for kids. There is something for everyone, so people of all ages can read these stories. It’s not just for women. The guys can read them too. There is drama, romance, action, horror, fantasy, science fiction, etc. All genres mixed into one. The first book, may start off as a children’s book, yes, but the stories get a lot darker after the first one.

Wizards were only known in Medieval stories (the story of Merlin and King Arthur as an example), and J.K. Rowling wanted to take Wizard stories in a different direction. She wanted to make Wizards have their own little world, and she was successful at that.

Yeah I know, I’m real late getting into Harry Potter. I never got into Harry Potter when the books started coming out and I never saw the movies when they first came out either. I just got into Harry Potter. The story of Harry trying to get revenge on Voldermort for his murdered parents is really powerful stuff. Plus, Voldermort is possibly one of the greatest villains ever created, in my opinion. Voldermort was more evil than Darth Vader, I think.

So if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, I would suggest you to get into it. If you like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or the Terminator franchises, you would like Harry Potter. One warning though, you need to read the books and see the movies in order. If you see, “The Deathly Hollows part 2” in theater, you’ll never know what’s going on, so catch up before the new movie comes out like I did.

Harry Potter is awesome and I’m glad I got into the series. Thanks, J.K. Rowling for her work.

Kev

Cool Video: A look at “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2”, a preview…

This isn’t really a trailer, just a short behind the scenes look, but you can see some of the footage from the new film. The new film looks intense, dark, and action packed. It’s probably going to be the darkest Harry Potter film of them all.

I’ve been reading the Harry Potter books, and I’ve just started reading, “The Deathly Hollows”. Since I already saw “Deathly Hollows part 1”, that’s only half the book, obviously. I’m looking forward to the rest of the story in the book. I’m just starting it, I’m a little over a hundred pages in already.

It’s amazing. I wasn’t that much of a Harry Potter fan before, but now I’m all of a sudden, a Harry Potter fanatic. I fucking love these stories. Pretty amazing stuff.

In my opinion, J.K. Rowling should write three more Harry Potter books. Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t want to do it anymore, but Harry Potter can pass the torch to someone else to be the series leading star. Maybe pass the torch to Hermione Granger or Ronald Weasley. Keep the stories going, it shouldn’t end at 7. Maybe J.K. Rowling would create some kind of Harry Potter spin-off? Possibly.

Enjoy the video.

Kev

Brock is enjoying Harry Potter more and more…

Yes, I’ll admit it. J.K. Rowling is a genius storyteller. The reason the blog has been slow this weekend is because I’ve been trying to catch up watching the Harry Potter films before Friday’s “Deathly Hollows” release. So far, I have watched the first three Harry Potter films: “The Sorcerer’s Stone”, “Chamber of Secrets” and “Prisoner of Azkaban”. So far, I’m loving them all. The movies are fun and the storytelling is great. Plus, the action and special effects are way cool.

I’m only going to watch one Harry Potter film tonight, which will be, “Goblet of Fire”. I’m only watching one Harry Potter film ’cause later tonight, I need to catch up watching “The Walking Dead” series ’cause AMC will be re-airing the first two episodes tonight. I already saw the first episode of “The Walking Dead” online, but the internet don’t have the second episode, so I’ll watch it on TV tonight before the new third episode.

I’ve worked my day job for a full 7 day straight in one week, so my boss gave me the weekend off to rest up before another busy week next week. So I’m just relaxing this weekend by watching movies/some TV at night, playing guitar, and doing some reading. Been working out at the gym most of the week too. Today is my day off of workouts, need to have a few of those every week.

Back to Harry Potter, it’s interesting how much I go from hating a franchise to loving it. I guess Harry Potter grew on me.

Kev