Why Is Rowling Howling and Growling?
She has taken what should be a PR bonanza and turned it into a PR nightmare that may well hurt not only Steve Vander Ark’s sales (assuming the book is published), but her own as well.
It seems to me that if Rowling wanted to experience outrage at personal theft, it would be at the sale of a 2005 unauthorized translation of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in Beijing two weeks after the book appeared in English and almost three months ahead of the planned October launch of the official Chinese-language edition.
A Final Thought
Several years ago while waiting for a train at Philly’s 30th Street Station, I wandered into the bookstore and saw a sight that would make the heart of any author leap. The centerpiece of this display was “The Da Vinci Code,” surrounded by books devoted to proving or disproving the thesis of Dan Brown’s marvelous thriller.
An illustration below shows the original title surrounded by 10 derivatives. For a reader, no point exists in buying a spin-off without first buying the original. Every spin-off is a promotion for the original.