Now, where was I? Oh yes, I was about to launch my first-ever Harry Potter post into the blogosphere. Much as it pains me.
Whenever I hear a bandwagon roll down the street I tend to step back and shake my head as people rush past me. Then I turn up my collar and walk in the opposite direction. Yes, I'm contrary. So when everybody loves a thing I am sure to be profoundly uninterested.
I've never read a Harry Potter book. They might be very good literature; I'm in no position to say, as I've never so much as picked up a book to peruse the back-cover copy. Maybe I'll get around to reading one someday, but for now I'm sick of hearing about Harry Potter. People, can't we find something else to talk about?
Apparently not. Check out today's The Book Standard, one of the regular stops in my daily hunt for interesting booky bits to blog about. On the home page there are links to nine featured news articles. I didn't dare click on any of them because six of the nine articles are about Harry Potter. Scroll down the page to the Resources section and you'll find that even the Book Babes have succumbed to Pottermania. Will this never end?
I uttered a very unladylike snort and clicked away from the site. On my next stop I came across yet another mention of Harry Potter, but this one actually interested me. Metromix.com was reporting on an interview J. K. Rowling gave a couple of days ago in which she indicated she might be very interested in writing future books under a pseudonym:
"A fake name is very attractive," Rowling said. "I'll have less pressure and I can write any old thing I want and people won't be clamoring for it and that might be nice."
Oh, yeah. That's every writer's dream, isn't it? To write any old thing without having to worry about people clamoring for it. Right. I sure don't want any pesky readers clamoring for my books. No, siree.
Hey, does anybody have J.K.'s phone number? I was just thinking maybe I could give her a call and offer to let her use my name for a while.
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