On the eve of Twilight’s Breaking Dawn release, I must say…I have absolutely NO desire to stand in line for 2 hours in the godforsaken cold just so I can see a movie with a theater full of screaming girls. I don’t want to sit for two hours getting kicked in the back. I don’t want to huff and puff when the pre-adolescent girls pull out their cells to update their Facebook statuses mid-movie. I mean, it’s SO IMPORTANT for your “friends” to know you’re “watching” the movie, right? Then watch the darn movie and put your phones away.
Don’t get me wrong. I want to watch Breaking Dawn. I do. (I would’ve rather watched the whole shebang in one film instead of two, but whatever, Hollywood.) I just want to watch it when I won’t have to share an armrest with a stranger or stand in long ass lines for a $4.00 box of Goobers.
I’m just sayin’…
write one book that hits HARRY POTTER/TWILIGHT hard, then drop off the face of the publishing earth,
write book after book, making a long-standing career in the writing industry?
I’ve heard this question asked a ton. By my non-writing friends. By critique partners. And I think the response could depend on where in the writing industry you stand. If you’ve already hit it big and can’t seem to make another book work as well (anyone read Meyer’s The Host?), you may long for a slow and steady career. But, I could imagine someone on the other foot, coveting that #1 NYT or USA Today Bestseller slot.
I’m not sure where I stand. I look at the Twihards and Potterfreaks and think wouldn’t it be cool to have a following like that? I could only dream of writing something so profound that it comes to life and overtakes a generation. All Rowling’s money aside (and it’d take boatloads to cast that lot aside, I’m sure), I don’t know if she’ll ever be able to write anything again, for fear it’ll inevitably be measured against Harry Potter…and fail.
Could I write one book or a series of books and be done? Could I stuff the storytelling inside me? I don’t think so…
It makes me wonder where Rowling hides her scribbling notebooks. And how much they’ll be worth when they’re uncovered.
What about you? Which would you rather write? One HUGE hit or a series of steady ones? (Not that we have any control over that, of course, but it’s fun to ponder.)