I haven’t read the book. I don’t know if this book will cause backlash for her. I don’t know if this will hurt her “brand.” (Is that even possible?) Some would say she should’ve used a pen name, to separate the new book from the very different Harry Potter series. Genre differences, target audience differences. All these things are talked about. Then there’s the idea that, this is her name. She’s the same author, she should be proud and publish what she wants. (Let’s not even talk about the whiplash one could get following the career of Anne Rice).
Once an author is published, in essence, that book now belongs to the world. How much of the author does? Is it Rowling’s responsibility to continue in her original genre and to publish books targeted at the same audience (presumably children, though I think Harry Potter targets all ages).
Once an author is published in Science Fiction, how much responsibility does that author have to continue in that genre and fulfill reader expectations? What genres are allowable, if one is an author of SF? Is delving into Fantasy allowed? (some have argued, no). Is suspense? Action/Adventure? If you’re James Patterson, the answer seems to be, Yes. (The Maximum Ride series is SF while his popular Alex Cross series is more thriller/suspense).
What do you think? Does an author have a responsibility to genre?
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