Wednesday, November 28, 2007

J.K. Rowling is Entertainer of the Year

I think it's very interesting that Entertainment Weekly Magazine has named J.K. Rowling as entertainer of the year.

Now, it might be easy to say, "Duh!" Of course she's entertainer of the year, she should've been named entertainer of the year every year for the past seven or so years, but remember, this is Entertainment Weekly.

Ms. Rowling's companions on this year's list are all actors and/or pop singers. One possible exception to my actors and singers only assertion is Tina Fey... but really, would she be as famous for her brilliant writing if she didn't also act? Another listing was "The Apatow Gang". I thought, okay. Another writer. But when I looked at the listing, they had all the actors there, too. It is true that many of the actors frequently in Judd Apatow's projects also write... but like Tina Fey, would people make such a big deal if they didn't also act? Besides, with both Apatow and Fey we're talking TV and movies, not books.

So, I guess my point (I will get to it) is that I think it's cool that a novelist is entertainer of the year. At a time when books have so much competition for our interest with movies and television and video games and the internet etc. etc. etc. I think it's so great that she has made even the likes of EW sit up and notice.

Hey, books are entertaining, not just something teachers make you read in school.

6 comments:

Bonnie said...

I totally agree with you Maureen. Maybe soon we'll see red carpets at book-signing events!

Maureen McGowan said...

Now, wouldn't that be something!

Molly O'Keefe said...

I think it's great news - especially in light of the recent report that said reading was at an all time low. The average adult spends something like 8 minutes a day reading for pleasure.

Which, is strange considering the number of bookstores sprouting up all over the place. Are people buying more books and just not reading them?

Are all these bookstores just being built so people can get J.K. Rowling books and a latte? That would be something.

Sinead M said...

Yet, apparently a stupidly high percentage of people, (I'm guessing here, it was an offhand comment on 60 minutes) 70%?
carry a book with them at all times.
I'm thrilled entertainment weekly recognized Rowling as well.

Kimber Chin said...

Speaking of prizes...
did I miss the giveaway announcement?
I'm eyeing up Molly's cover everyday
and thinking...
that could be mine,
oh yes,
that could be mine.
LOL

Maureen McGowan said...

Kimber :-)

The announcement will appear very, very soon...

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