Saturday, February 03, 2007

You Might Want to Avoid Bookstores on July 21

I read part of the first Harry Potter book out of curiosity. When flipping television channels, I've stopped to watch maybe ten minutes each of a couple of the Potter movies. So I'll admit that I'm not much of a fan of J.K. Rowling's mega-selling series. And because of my limited exposure to her work, I don't think that I really understood the impact that she has had on the book business, in general, and how many serious young readers she may have created in the last few years. Or is something like this just part of all the hype surrounding her books?

"Not only will this be the biggest selling book, it will also break all records to become the fastest selling book of all time," said children's manager Wayne Winstone.

The chain expects half-a-million copies to have flown off the shelves on day one alone.

"There are not many people who want to wait weeks to find out what happens, and risk hearing the news from their friends," he said.

And the store's teenage-books buyer, Debbie Williams, warned, "This could be a similar moment to when Take That split up - there could be a lot of upset teenagers out there.

"We are looking at setting up a helpline for them."
Rowling is hinting that one or more of the main characters will be killed off in this final Potter book to be released to the public on July 21. And her readers love the characters to such an extent that people are planning ways to limit the expected trauma that Potter fans will experience. I may not personally appreciate the books, but I have to admire what Rowling has done to excite the imagininations and to increase the reading skills of so many children. Nice job...and it pays well since I've now heard that Rowling is the second richest woman in the world. Can that be true?
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