Thursday, June 19, 2008

Harry Potter

Seven books.

400 million in sales.

67 languages.

Wow.

5 comments:

Duncan said...

J.K.R. FTW.

Kristan said...

LOL (to duncan)

Kristin Laughtin said...

It's mind-boggling, but it's also great to think about how much rejection she faced at first. All that and her work still got huge...

A Paperback Writer said...

And isn't it cool that it's about BOOKS?! Not a pop star, not a sporting event, but a bunch of books!

I was living in Edinburgh, Scotland when book 6 came out. I also was living in SLC, Utah when the Olympics were there in 2002. The crowds and the excitement were roughly the same. But very few people can recall much about the 2002 Olympics 6 years later. And half the people you meet have read HP.
Harry Potter made reading cool again.
Lots of folks are jealous and put her down, but I'm glad the woman stuck with it and did what she did. It's been an amazing thing.

Deaf Brown Trash Punk said...

yes, it's wonderful BUT everybody needs to remember that we live in a heavily marketed/advertised society.

Now, the "Twilight" series by Stephanie Meyers is on its way to be HUGE. Hell, it already is. These days, publishers are careful to package commercial fiction books aimed at the teen/tween/general market and make sure to market the hell out of them.

Here are the rules:

1) write a book about a gimmicky Halloween-esque archetype (wizard, vampire, zombie, werewolf, etf)

2) make sure this child protagonist has some tragedy in the family. it would be excellent if you kill off both the parents.

3) if the protagonist is a boy, make him the hero. If it's a girl, make her fall in love with a hoepless, dashing bad boy rebel.

4) after you publish it, make sure to go to Hollywood and hire someone to write the screenplay for it.

5) hire some REALLY good-looking actors to act in the film version of the book

6) approach a large company (Hasbro or Mattel or whatever) to make dolls, games, cards, videogames, and everything else... to market the book and spread its popularity.

See?