Still, isn't it awesome how a series can be so popular even when it's been over for like 3 years?! The power of stories. I love being a writer.
Rowling still has a dedicated fan base- proven by the many enraged responses to the article If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It by Lynn Shepherd.
I didn't much mind Rowling when she was Pottering about. I've never read a word (or seen a minute) so I can't comment on whether the books were good, bad or indifferent. I did think it a shame that adults were reading them (rather than just reading them to their children, which is another thing altogether), mainly because there's so many other books out there that are surely more stimulating for grown-up minds. But, then again, any reading is better than no reading, right? But The Casual Vacancy changed all that.
It wasn't just that the hype was drearily excessive, or that (by all accounts) the novel was no masterpiece and yet sold by the hundredweight, it was the way it crowded out everything else, however good, however worthwhile. That book sucked the oxygen from the entire publishing and reading atmosphere. And I chose that analogy quite deliberately, because I think that sort of monopoly can make it next to impossible for anything else to survive, let alone thrive. Read more here.As you've probably heard, Rowling fans attacked Shepherd online in epic proportions. I'm not going to weigh in on this debate. Others have eloquently expressed how I feel.
An Open Letter to JK Rowling: Please Don't Stop Writing
J.K. Rowling Can Do Whatever the F— She Wants