1. WRITE IN WHATEVER TIME YOU HAVE One of J.K. Rowling’s most famous quotes is: “Sometimes you have to get your writing done in spare moments here and there.” This is crucial advice on writing a book. It’s easy for us to imagine successful writers spending all day penning beautiful paragraphs, but everybody had to […]
The first time I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, way back in 2001, I was hooked.
In the beginning, Harry Potter was a secret pleasure, something to keep to myself and mutter over. “We mustn’t let the filthy Muggleses ruin you, my precious…” My inner Gollum wasn’t ready to let others know what I was reading and open up myself, or this wonderful book, to potential ridicule.
There I was, a grown woman, fangirling over a children’s book.
At the time, it wasn’t cool. Thanks to J. K. Rowling, it’s no big deal now. One of the many reasons I admire her is because the popularity of her work reduced the social stigma of being an adult who doesn’t like to be stuck reading in one age range.
Because of the success of Harry Potter, it became socially acceptable to read children’s and YA fantasy in public.
No more hiding when reading what I liked. No more disguising the covers of my YA fantasy books. Being socially awkward and easily embarrassed in my 20’s, it would paralyze me when someone asked what I was reading and I got a condescending smirk as payment for my answer.
J. K. Rowling is one of my heroes.
I look up to her because of her courage, determination, and grace. She’s damn funny, too.