JK Rowling Said Something Today
JK Rowling was at the top of a weekly entertainment website today, with a headline about something she said or tweeted. She doesn’t have any new books coming out this week or anything. I’m not sure exactly what she was talking/tweeting about, but I know she said or tweeted something. Every time I go to the book section of that weekly entertainment site, the headline is something about JK Rowling.
I don’t blame the website. Book news is usually boring. The person in charge of the book section of an entertainment website has a tough job. There aren’t many book announcements or book covers or book controversies to keep people riveted and get clicks. There are maybe four authors who are click-bait material (JK Rowling, Stephen King, George RR Martin, and… and… ugh… James Pppppatterson). Out of those, only one is truly photogenic (sorry guys).
If I ran a prominent book site, I’d have to write up a bunch of JK Rowling stories too. It’s kind of like television news. The local news has to find a good murder, and political reporters have to find a sex scandal or quote Donald Trump. Everything else requires work.
One JK Rowling story was about Stephen King complimenting JK Rowling’s Robert Galbraith series. That was nice but boring. I like Stephen King, but I don’t trust his book recommendations. I read The Passage by Justin Cronin a few years ago because King recommended it in a magazine column, and I was disappointed in the book. It made me wonder if King had actually read it. Now I wonder if he actually read the Robert Galbraith books.
If Stephen King had blasted the Robert Galbraith books, THAT would have been interesting. Man, I would have loved to read about that. A literary feud between JK Rowling and Stephen King is just what book blogs need to bring their numbers up. I know Jonathon Franzen tries to stir things up by making controversial statements, but he only riles up small groups of people.
If Stephen King and JK Rowling got into it, readers would automatically take sides and start insulting each other. I already know whose side I’d take, and I don’t even know what the argument is about.
Covering JK Rowling news is pretty easy. All you need to do is follow her on Twitter. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think reporting a tweet as news is really reporting news.
I guess with Twitter, reporters don’t have to do any hard journalism anymore. In the old days, reporters would hound celebrities, bribe their families and friends, and if they were desperate, reporters would just make stuff up. Now journalists only need to read Twitter, and they can report a tweet as news. I know journalists still hound celebrities, and bribe family members, and make stuff up, but journalists don’t HAVE to do that anymore. I guess only the good journalists do that now.
Even if journalists stalked famous authors like they do other celebrities, authors probably aren’t much fun. Famous actors/actresses, singers, and other performers are glamorous and do glamorous things in their off-time like party crazy and have affairs. Famous authors used to do that too.
Back in the old days, famous authors drank, had affairs, and had public fights with each other. That would have been great in the internet age. But back in the old days, authors were celebrities because there were no movies or televisions, or internet, so there weren’t as many opportunities to become a celebrity. Writers had a good gig. They might die broke, but they lived as celebrities.
Now, we rarely hear about authors doing any of that crazy stuff. It sounds like all authors do is give speeches and write. If JK Rowling started getting drunk in public, having affairs, and getting into fights, it would make the news. But just about any other writer doing that would get ignored, unless it was George R.R. Martin.
If George R.R. Martin started having affairs, a bunch of Game of Thrones fans would freak out. They might be scared that Martin’s mistress would get him too excited.
You wouldn’t want to be the mistress who got George R.R. Martin too excited before he finishes Game of Thrones. That mistress would be vilified worse than Yoko Ono. It’s one thing to break up The Beatles; at least they finished all their songs. But to be the mistress who killed Game of Thrones? I don’t even want to think about it.
It hasn’t happened yet, and hopefully it won’t. But I can guarantee you, if something bad happens to George R.R. Martin before he finishes Game of Thrones, JK Rowling will have something to say about it, and it will get reported.
What do you think? Is getting George R.R. Martin too excited worse than breaking up The Beatles? What famous author would you like to hear about every day? Is reporting a tweet really reporting news?