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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

I Don't Think I Get It.

Yesterday I watched Oprah as she interviewed *billionaire*, author, JK Rowling.  (I think it was a repeat, but I never saw it)

In my mind (what little I have) I found this to be a bit of a conundrum .

But first let me preface this post by saying I do believe Oprah has done far more than her fair-share to help others in so many ways.. including trying to get people to read with her book club.

That being said,.... back to JK Rowling.  I had this feeling that Oprah was more interested in how all her money had effected her rather than her interest in Harry Potter.

Let's face it.. Great Expectations is no Harry Potter!  When was the last time you hear Oprah push a book that was Sci Fi or Fantasy?? Unless I missed it (and I well could have) the answer would be *never*.

So why interview and give credit to this *billionaire author?*

The *billionaire* word was mentioned as much, if not more, than Harry Potter was mentioned.  Is JK Rowling really only worth interviewing because she is a billionaire? 

And only once, towards the end of the interview, did Oprah mention that Harry Potter did good by opening people's imaginations.  I wonder if Oprah even read the books?? 

Like I said in the beginning.. I like Oprah! And like everyone else, I wish I was one of those people that her life touched!  But I still wonder why she has never given a Fantasy book up as a Book Club choice?

Escapism is not *wrong*.

Imagination is not *wrong*.

So why is Sci Fi/ Fantasy/ and most Fiction not considered worth the time and effort to read?  How can something that takes you away from what reality hands out, and makes you feel good, even just for a little while, be unworthy?

I just wanted to throw that out there ...

12 Comments:

Blogger Cath said...

I don't think I get it either, Pat. I guess we are not worthy - us fantasy fans. I just spent a nice day talking about just those kinds of books and series with my daughter's family. My grandaughter adores all the YA fantasy books and joined in too. What could possibly be wrong with families enjoying those kinds of books and talking about them, all excited and keen? These books inspire the imagination and make kids read, imo. I *really* don't get it, it seems.

12:06 PM  
Blogger cj said...

So, I'm going to give you the answer you already have - of course it's worthy and worthwhile. Anything you want to read is.

The better questions we need to be asking ourselves? Why does it matter an iota what those kind of people think?

To me, they're like the people who claim (with their noses in the air) that they 'never watch television'.

Well, goody for them.

I'll do what I like, thanks.

cjh

4:12 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

cath: well it does make me wonder where the standard came from

cj: It's not so much that "i care" as I am curious how this all came about. And to me it was a big "snub" on the writing ability of JK Rowling and more an interest in how money changed her life

5:10 PM  
Blogger Bellezza said...

Did you happen to see my rant on Oprah's pick of Dickens' work for her book club a few days ago? If not, this post of yours resonated with me so deeply! I found this sentence especially compelling: "I had this feeling that Oprah was more interested in how all her money had effected her"...to me, this sums up who Oprah has become: focused entirely too much on money and its effects. Ick.

In other news, Happy New Year! I wish you every blessing in 2011.

6:30 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Different things take different people into s place of comfort and imagination and saving-life escape. Sci-Fi and "Fantasty" writinmg and films, do not do it for me. It doesn't mean I think that kind of writing/films is bad---It just doesn't do it for me. Other things do it for me. Maybe that is true for Oprah, too. It is not an insult to Sci Fi/Fantasy....it is just a different escape mechanism working. That she was FINALLY able to get that interview with J.K. was rather miraculous! I didn't feel any of those things that you mention---I am not discounting what you feel, Pat....Just that I didn't "hear" what you heard.
I found the interview very interesting...It was about J.K.'s personal life--Not Just The Money---
I have never read the Harry Potter books--I have never seen the movies either...Does that make me "less"? It is just not my interest. And I don't think someone else is "less" for reading them or loving them...But, by the same token, I am not "less" for NOT reading them or seeing the films. Neither is Oprah.

There are so very many subjects Oprah has not covered in her Book Picks! That Is Her Right! I may not understand or agree with her 'picks'....But, They Are HERS!
Bless Her!

The one thing I don't think anyone can accuse Oprah of, is not caring about what happens to other people. I admire her so much for giving a damn---AND, Putting Her Money Where Her Mouth Is!

Look at where she started. Look at what she has achieved...
Look at how incredibly generous she is and continues to be, trying to help ALL People.

So, she hasn't ever picked a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book...Give Her A Break.
Maybe she will, at some point. OR, maybe she won't, ever. "JUDGE NOT LEST YOU BE JUDGED"

HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY DEAR DEAR PAT. I hope 2011 is all you want it to be, And MORE!!!

12:55 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

hi Naomi: well let me say that I also read Dickens and wilke collins I don't read them a lot but I do read t h em and enjoy them also.. I admire Oprah very much but I do feel omission does not mean it doesn't exist. and I certainly don't hold it against anyone who does not read or like fantasy..but it does seem that many treat it as it's a none entity . If one interviews an author one would think the main topic would be their books not just the money they made. if one interviews an actor it's about their acting, a politician it's about their politics.. and author should be about their writing..i felt JK Rowling was slighted that's all.. but I love Oprah, and I do know no one is perfect! :o)

Happy New Year Naomi.. I hope sweetie has a good new year also!

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Karmyn R said...

Well, I have to say that most all of Oprah's "must read" books are way too depressing for me. So many are about abuse, poverty, and the like. i read sci-fi/fantasy to escape from those realities of life. I don't want to read about them.

Happy new Year!!!

3:25 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I haven't seen the interview. I stopped using my DVR so don't tape Oprah anymore. Once in awhile I watch some of the video clips she has on her website. I'll have to check to see if she has any snippets from the Rowling interview. It is sad if she didn't talk to Rowling more about the rich story she wrote and all of the colorful characters and how her Harry Potter books got kids and adults reading again. Sounds like Oprah missed the boat with this interview.

12:15 AM  
Blogger Carl V. said...

I'm not big on Oprah. Don't have anything against her and I certainly give her props for using her influence to encourage people to read, especially because we are all doing that in our much smaller spheres of influence, but if she was focusing on the money in this interview, even just a little bit, it seems like the wrong thing to be doing, most especially in these economic times.

I'm thrilled to no end for Rowling and her success, despite not having read any of the books or seen the films. Hers is an amazing story and she too did a bunch to encourage kids and adults to take another look at reading.

If anything, the interview should have been entirely about that and about her as a person. I didn't see the interview so cannot judge it, but I do think it is in poor taste at this juncture to be emphasizing a person's wealth.

12:32 AM  
Blogger fiction-books said...

Here in the UK, we are constantly bombarded in our press, news reporting and on TV, by 'celebrity'.

Personally, I am just sick of it, whether it be J.K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, or anyone else.

What constitutes a 'celebrity'? Actors, Authors, TV chat show hosts, Singers, Sportsmen etc.etc. are just people doing their chosen job and getting paid excessively for doing it.

True 'celebrity', if we really must give it that label, are the ordinary people, who go above and beyond to do something worthwhile and life-changing, for someone else, without thought or want of recompense or recognition.

Or the amateur sportsmen, who are honoured to represent their country, without demanding a big fat payout for doing it.

Rant over, but I really do feel strongly about, why we sset such great store by what a 'celebrity' thinks. Read what you want to read and enjoy it!!

Have a good 2011

Yvonne

2:27 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

karmyn: depending on your mood, many times something depressing can make you realize how much you have! (other times it's just plain depressing lol)

Kathleen: I think she missed the boat for sure..which is why it surprised me Oprah is a good interviewer. there was some talk of HP but I got the feeling it didn't interest Oprah. which it may well have since we all don't like the same things

carl: I amire all Oprah has done for so many and I'll miss this show because many of her shows made me feel good. but this one,I felt disappointed. could be her mind was on her own new adventure.

fictionbooks: you won't get an arguement out of me about excessive pay for many celebs! but sometimes I sit and try to imagine how wonderful it would be if we all got to do the things we love most and get all that money for doing it...makes me smile lol..sadly it only happens to a few.

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Daniel said...

I had no idea that Oprah has never had a fantasy/sci-fi book on her list. Maybe this interview was an attempt to make ammends... Or just an attempt to make more money. LOL !

11:31 PM  

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