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It doesn't quite make up for it, but I'll give her points for trying.
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Do you miss the writings of J.K. Rowling? Turns out, she's been out there all along. She published one crime novel under a pen name, and has a second one in the works.

This is not a drill, guys: there is a new book written by J.K. Rowling available right now. You can have it on an e-reader, even, in a few seconds.

The J.K. Rowling crime novel is The Cuckoo's Calling, by "first-time" writer Robert Galbraith. (The Telegraph has a piece up about this here; The Sunday Times actually broke it.)

The book's true author was revealed by a couple of independent linguistic experts, Peter Millican from Oxford and Patrick Juola from Duquesne University, who were commissioned to JKR's published books as well as The Cuckoo's Calling and some other detective books through a program that could detect similarities.

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I can't stop reading this hodge-podge of interviews with J.K. Rowling. I'll probably come back to this page for HP-related ideas to ponder here. In the past, I've resisted these sorts of post-HP debriefing interviews. It had been my view that, if she didn't put such-and-such in the book, it's not necessarily true. Do you know what I mean? If she didn't deem it worthy of inclusion, then after the fact, the back stories of particular characters are her word against the book's; her word against ours. She had her chance; now that the books are published, they are canon and must stand alone.

At least, that was my rationale for metaphorically behaving like a petulant child when JKR revealed she always thought Dumbledore was gay. I was horrified at the liberties she played with characters who had already been written and finalized. He was a complex character, but she reduced him to a tabloid headline. Plus, Dumbledore is very old, and it's just rude to speculate on an old person's sex life, thank you. 

But now that I'm all into fanfic and everything, such tender (and logically questionable) sensibilities are out the window. Let's dish, sez I. Her fill-in-the-blank interviews provide more depth, as well as a glimpse at her tumescent imagination. Fan fiction writers have imagination too, in abundance! They take JKR's back story ideas and run with them, or create fantastic new dimensions. It's all in the same vein.

Hope this makes sense, because I'm late for work and can't spend more time on this mess. If it doesn't make sense, then you can re-imagine it, 'cause hey, once I hit 'post,' it's canon.


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