J.K. Rowling is Robert Galbraith News Roundup
I’m fascinated by the reactions to last week’s announcement that J.K. Rowling is Robert Galbraith.
I admit my own first reaction was “Does The Onion have a U.K. Bureau?”
I haven’t read the book. I put myself on the NYPL waiting list for it, which is now several hundred people deep. I like a good mystery, so I’m game for it. I’m also curious how long the wait list is going to get, and how long the fervor/discussion is going to last.
Some of my favorite reactions and stories about it so far:
The New York Times has a recap of Rowling’s unmasking and a story of exactly how she was discovered.
From the Wall Street Journal, some insights into the way the text was analyzed. Geek.com includes a link to the software that was used in their telling of the same news. Score one for computer science!
I’ve seen comparatively few “Was she exposed for stunt/profit?” angles on the story, but here’s The Guardian.
Mystery writer Nancy Bilyeau, author of The Crown and The Chalice riffed on the news to raise important ideas about marketing new authors, and how readers discover new genre fiction.
BookRiot suggested 5 more books J.K. Rowling should write.
TIME related the story to the way the publishing industry and branding work.
Tumblr user everdreamingheart came up with a good one:
J.K. Rowling should have published The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Mark Winjiglo and then revealed in a very Tom Riddle-esque way that it is actually an anagram that says, “I am J.K. Rowling.”
Tweets from @WaterstonesOxfordSt slayed me.
I am still collecting interesting reactions to add to my list, so if you’ve seen anything, whether it’s thoughtful commentary or funny parody, drop me a line.