Would you read a Harry Potter book not written by J.K. Rowling?...

@aseretdd (13709)
Philippines
November 27, 2007 1:05am CST
I read in one of the blogs here in mylot tht J.K. Rowling gave permission to writers to write Harry Potter spinoff as long as they will not be sold but be available for free (most likely in the internet) and specifically indicate that she is not in any manner connected to the spinoff story... Would you spend time reading those would be spinoff stories? I for one won't... i think the magic that the Harry Potter series would be gone... I hope she would just hire someone and supervise that person to write other Harry Potter books if she doesn't want to write about it anymore...
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21 responses
• United States
29 Nov 07
Rowling was talking about "fan fiction." Sometimes when there is a popular series, movie, or comic book, fans will write their own short stories or make their own art inspired by the characters. There is TONS of fan fiction revolving around Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones and many other popular series. She thinks its great that kids and adults alike want to use their imaginations, it is more like someone paying tribute to the books rather than "trying to replace" Rowling if that makes any sense. I know when I was a little kid, we would make up stories about what characters from Star Wars, etc, did on their down time, etc. to amuse ourselves. We just didn't write them down. In fan fiction, you might write them and put them on your website, or in a fanclub paper, etc etc
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
30 Nov 07
I think fan fiction are great... as long as they will not deviate to the real essense of the story...and as J.K. Rowling specifically stated... they should not be sold...but be available for free but a certain disclaimer should also specify that she has absolutely nothing to do with the certain fan fiction...i think that is fair enough...
• Philippines
26 Dec 07
i think the "spin-off" being discussed is more likely a fan-fiction. Every fan fiction has a disclaimer and fans are allowed to do it as long as they do not generate money from the story itself, just for the benefit or leisurely reading it. and if ever i came across those 'spin-offs' why not try to read it? afterall, i sometimes need things to laugh about. _
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• Singapore
28 Nov 07
Nah, I don't think I'll read an HP book written by somebody else...it just seems wrong, somehow, and crazy. Or maybe I'm crazy
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
28 Nov 07
I agree with you that it will seem wrong to read a Harry Potter Spin off not written by J.K. Rowling... but i don't think you're crazy...
• Singapore
29 Nov 07
lol. I was just kidding about being crazy
• Italy
21 Dec 07
Are you sure she really said that? Maybe she was talking only about fanfictions. A HP spinoff not by Jk? It depends. If it's a spinoff that changes tath unsatisfying ending and gives more space to my favourite character (Luna -see avatar- ) I might read it.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
26 Dec 07
Yes, i am sure...and yes, she was referring to fan fiction...i wish there will be a spinoff about the life, love, and adventures of Luna... she is such an intruiging and interesting character... thanks for the response...
@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
21 Dec 07
I don't think that I could read a Harry Potter book by a different author. I love the VC Andrews books - until they started using ghost writers, so I think it would be the same with the Potter series - only the original will do!
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
21 Dec 07
A lot of Harry Potter fans feel the same way... we would definitely know is they are using ghost writers... that is just cheating...
@vkbllm (474)
• India
20 Dec 07
Ya I would do so... even I have read a couple of fanfictions and I liked all of them... Some of those fan fiction I really find better than Original ones! Its Not JK Rowwling we love, Its Harry Potter we are crazy about, If some one gives a good try than he/she is most welcome!
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
21 Dec 07
Very well said... i respect your opinion... thanks for the response...
• India
13 Dec 07
i would live to read Hp not written by JKR but i think i may not enjoy it that well as every writer has got his own writing style and i think after reading 7 books by JKR we are typeset to that style and we may not enjoy HP by other authors none the less i may even enjoy even more it really depends on the authoe what do you think it would be like reading LOTR by some other Author
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
13 Dec 07
I have never encountered an LOTR book not written by Tolkien... i wonder why there are no spinoffs... maybe because the ending showed everything that readers need to know...maybe if J.K. Rowling stated what happened to most of the major characters or never left a question... maybe then... fan fiction will not be necessary...
@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
6 Dec 07
I think I would read them if I thought they were well written. Other authors have given permission for people use their "worlds" to write books about and generally those books have been well written and stayed true to the original. I think it would be good to give them the benefit of the doubt rather than canning them without even checking them out first.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
13 Dec 07
Maybe this is why J.K. Rowling specifically stated that Harry Potter spinoffs could not be sold to the public and should have a certain disclaimer that she is not connected to any of them... maybe some spinoffs will be good but definitely most of them will never come into comparison with the work of J.K. Rowling...
• United States
5 Dec 07
I loved Harry Potter and like others I fell in love with the characters. Sure I would like to know more about what happens. But lets face it, if it is written by someone else, it isn't the same. The writing won't be the same, the story won't be the same. It will be more like a ghost. I have read fan fiction before, and I have read a few books that have sequels written by other people, and it just isn't the same!
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
6 Dec 07
I definitely agree with you... fan fiction i so diffirent form a book written by the original author... the magic that J.K. Rowling put in the world will be not the same or might totally be gone...
• Philippines
29 Nov 07
yes i would...i love to read fanfictions specially the Harry/Hermione ones...lol...they are one way to know the fan's side of the story...
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
30 Nov 07
Well that is another point to consider... fan's have their own way of how they want everything or evey life of the character turn out... i would have wanted Neville to end up with Ginny or Harry to end up with someone not yet introduced by J.K. Rowling...
• United States
29 Nov 07
No. Before the last book came out, my husband got his hands on a bootleg copy or so he thought. I was reading it and I could just tell something wasn't right. The character names were right, the storyline was believable for a Potter book, but the writing was totally wrong. It just didn't give me the same feeling I got with a real Rowling story. I got two chapters in and knew it was a fake. I refused to read any more of it because Rowling's writing is a large part of what I love about the Potter series.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
30 Nov 07
I chanced upon one myself in the internet... and i actually knew it was a fake from the first few sentences... and i think that a lot of Harry Potter fans share as same view as yours and mine...
• United States
29 Nov 07
i havent heard any of the sort happening. i have read the harry potter books and i love the movies, but i couldnt get into the "knock off" versions if i had the chance.. i don think i could any how... i for sure wouldnt waste any money on them.. thats just like making a seqeul to a movie without the survigin chracters in it...
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
30 Nov 07
Actually, J.K. Rowling only agreed to spinoffs that will not be commercially available or are free to the public... if they are intended to be sold... then that is another story... for sure those writers will be sued...
• China
27 Nov 07
have you read it ,maybe you can tell us the content about the book first.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
28 Nov 07
I haven't read any spinoff yet... i just read that she gave an okay nod to those who want to write a spinoff... but i think one about James Potter is about to come out in the internet on December...
• Philippines
27 Nov 07
nope...harry potter is not just an ordinary book for children..although the story might seem simple but the plot and characters are quite complicated. It takes a real genius in her craft to be able to play with the readers' imagination.
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• United States
6 Dec 07
No I would never waste my time reading a Harry Potter spinoff and I for one am disapointed in J.K.Rowling for giving writers permission to write spinoffs.
@Haiden123 (128)
• Canada
17 Jan 08
I would read abit and see if i like it. If i like it then ill read it.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
17 Jan 08
That is a very nice strategy... i did it once... i read a bit of harry potter in the internet not written by J.K. Rowling... but did not like it so i stopped immediately...
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 08
I haven't heard about this, but to be honest even if I had of done until your discussion gladly informed me I wouldn't have been interested. I would only read books by J K Rowling because Harry is her creation and to give it to someone else to write is not the same, it has to come from the same person. I can't understand why she would want to do this, it's a crazy idea, maybe others don't agree but Harry Potter will always be J K Rowling no one else.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
17 Jan 08
I also do not know why she suddenly encouraged others to write spinoffs of the characters in Harry Potter... i can see that there might be confusion about the wizarding world she created because of all the fan fiction that will eventually come out... but then... whatever her reasons are... i hope they will be for the best of the Harry Potter series...
@jsaidmlt (147)
• Malta
12 Jan 08
I'm sure it would be fun, but I would not read it. Hary Potter is J.K. Rowling's idea, and though some people might have new fresh ideas, I would only want to read HER ideas
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
14 Jan 08
Yes, we have the same opinion on that... J.K. Rowling is still the one and only authority when it comes to the wizarding world of Harry Potter... some ideas my be fun... but they will surely be different from the original... thanks for the response...
• China
1 Jan 08
Yes, once I wanted to buy some books in a very small shop I found a book about Harry Potter ,I was so excited that bought it at once. But at last I found it is not really . In that book Harry even married a Chinese girl.After that I feel very angry and sorry about it.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
3 Jan 08
That is so sad... i once came across a harry potter story in the internet... i immediately realize that it was not the original because the style of writing was so different from that of J.K. Rowling... thanks for the response...
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
31 Dec 07
Why not? It would be nice to see what other fans of the book can write about. Just like the Star Wars series, there are a lot of writers who wrote sections of the stories to fill in the gaps in the movie series. Themes like the character building years of the different people in the story between semesters would be a good read. Spin offs like how Harry's father became a wizard... How Snape became so sore at life... What was Voldemort like before he turned to the dark side... Stuff like that that is not covered by the original author would be good reads if the spin offs are as exciting as the originals. I for one wouldn't mind reading if it is as well written as the originals.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
3 Jan 08
Yes, but the problem with fan fiction is that sometimes the real essense of the story will disappear... fans will write about what they want to happen rather than the storyline set by the original author...but i agree that spin offs are also interesting...
@dbhattji (2507)
• India
27 Nov 07
No, I don't think I would read it if I knew that it was written by some one else.