JK Rowling – steer clear
I’ve never, even in the tiniest sliver of a way, understood the fascination or attraction of the Harry Potter stories, films, characters or whatever. From seeing a few lines of prose quoted from one of the books, to seeing some film clips, they have generated not the slights desire for me to look at them, and are actually so uninspiring and inane that I find them physically off-putting.
How they became a worldwide phenomenon is completely beyond me, but might form the basis for believing that all the conspiracy theories about a New World Order under the control of the Illuminati are indeed true, and that being a member of the right “club” has more to do with success than the merit of what you actually do.
Joanne Rowling, or JK Rowling, is currently (deep breath) ranked as the 136th richest person and the 13th richest woman in Britain, Forbes has named her as the second-richest female entertainer in the world, and the 48th most powerful celebrity of 2007. Her fortune is publicly touted as £545 million, ranking her as the 136th richest person and the 13th richest woman in Britain, which makes her a dollar billionaire – all from writing a few books?
Whatever, she has a wonderful set of people looking after her back, and making sure she gets the best out of any publicity, and mercilessly crushes anyone trying to get a penny she thinks belongs to her.
In a wonderful piece of theatre for the camera, the multi-millionaire broke down and cried when she revisited the poor little Edinburgh home where she started out on her voyage towards those millions.
She write a new book, then had only seven copies printed, thus ensuring the value of each copy would skyrocket for the lucky individuals she bestowed them upon. One was specifically retained to be auctioned for charity, and made £1.95 million.
Don’t be fooled by the apparent benevolence and good works, the Rowling machine will chew up and spit out anything that it doesn’t like…
The publisher of an encyclopaedic website cataloguing the complex world of Harry Potter has been sued by the books’ author JK Rowling, even though she has actually used the site in her own research.
The suit is prompted by the imminent publication of a book based on the website, The Harry Potter Lexicon. Rowling and the producers of the Harry Potter films Warner Bros are seeking an injunction to stop the publication of the book, claiming copyright infringement.
Small Michigan publisher RDR Books has been working with Vander Ark on a book version of the Lexicon but Rowling and Warner claim that this infringes their copyright.
“The people, places, terms and images in the Harry Potter books … are Ms Rowling’s original creative work,” says the lawsuit.
“I am deeply troubled by the portrayal of my efforts to protect and preserve the copyrights I have been granted in the Harry Potter books,” said Rowling in court papers. “If RDR’s position is accepted, it will undoubtedly have a significant, negative impact on the freedoms enjoyed by genuine fans on the internet.”
In other words “I want every penny any of my work earns anywhere, anytime”.
Wouldn’t we all?