There hasn’t been a franchise out there that’s on the tips of everyone’s tongue since Fifty Shades of Grey. So it was only a matter of time before J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series commented on the overnight hit that overturned the throne, beating out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as being the fastest-selling book ever.
About the success erotica has brought to novels, Rowling who’s currently promoting her new book, The Casual Vacancy, joked, “Think how many books I could have sold if Harry had been more creative with his wand.”
Although J.K. Rowling has long ended her Harry Potter series, the author is still writing. Her new novel, The Casual Vacancy is said to be set in a small English town of Pagford when a vacancy takes place on the local council. To some in the novel, this is a way to unload an area of public housing onto another council and eventually leads to a clash of English class, heroin addiction, poverty, and sexuality.
Rowling says of her own book, “I am choosing here to write about some quite contentious subjects … I’m dealing with issues that people have very strong views about.”
It seems like J.K. knows what she’s talking about. After all, she’s featured on Forbes billionaires list every year with sales amassed to 450 million books. However, a woman who once wrote the original drafts on napkins because of her own poverty, Rowling said she will never get used to her success, saying:
“I can only tell the truth and the truth is that to the day I die I will not see myself the way many people see me now. Inside, I know I’m so grateful for what happened financially. But I’ll never be used to it. I’ll never take it for granted. And some part of me finds it quite hard to accept.”
Do you think erotica is being too focused on as being the number one selling factor in recent novels?