New Profile Piece on J. K. Rowling: "How J. K. Changed the Face of Literature"J.K. Rowling
Stylist magazine has a new article which focuses on J. K. Rowling and how she contributed to "changing the face of literature" as well as a reflection on the evolution of Harry Potter's popularity:
It’s not simply publishing where Rowling’s effect has been felt; the way she handled the Potter books’ transformation into movies was revolutionary too. When the film rights were snapped up in 1999 – for a seven-figure sum – by Warner Bros, many writers would have been cowed into taking a back-seat. Rowling ensured that the film was shot in Britain. That Coca-Cola donate $18 million to American charity Reading Is Fundamental if they wanted to be involved. She signed off every script and even acted as a producer on both parts of the Deathly Hallows. As ever, she is modest. “I have been allowed to make my views felt. You know, that’s not to say they’re going to take my views on board, but the conscience rests easy, if you like, knowing that I was able to sit in the meeting and say what I would not feel comfortable with.”
Rowling still maintains to this day that nothing was ‘her call’. There was even talk that her clear approach made Steven Spielberg back out of directing the first film. “Did I have a fight with him?” she said when asked about it. “No, I definitely did not. I read that in an article and was mystified. There were things he said that I didn’t agree with, there were things he said that I did agree with.”
You can read the rest of the article here. Thanks to Stylist for sending this our way!