Dear J.K. Rowling,
I'm writing you a letter that I know you will never ever read, because I have a blog and blog readers like things like this.. I picked you as my letter recipient for the obvious reason, this being that you're my top writing idol. I'm a novelist, like you, and I write middle grade and young adult fantasy and science fiction. I consider your Harry Potter series to be the ultimate work of children's fantasy, and so I work every day to reach your level, though I know I'll never make it there.
I got into Harry Potter in about fourth grade. I'd been avoiding it up until then because I have this issue called BOOK SNOBBERY. Well, hopefully, I don't have it anymore. It was over summer, probably 2003 or so, and my cousins on my dad's side were having a Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone one-year-release party or something like that. I kind of got roped into watching the movie... and I fell in love.
(My apologies for falling for the movie before the book.)
Of course, once I read the books that were out at that point, I fell harder. Pretty quickly, I was going to midnight releases, movie premieres, and Harry Potter parties. I freaked out over trailers and was addicted to MuggleNet. Harry Potter is just powerful like that. Through it, I learned literary analysis, book theories, and most of all, ~shipping~ character romances, all things that have driven my writing and reading since.
I was already trying to write novels when I read Harry Potter, but it inspired me through the years to continue my work in fantasy. There's nary a thing I don't admire with your skill. You know how to world-build incredibly. Children and adults everywhere feel they could live in the world of Hogwarts every time they read your series. I want to live there, or, at least, to know more about it. And I could, because you know everything, even the stuff you haven't written about. I can't think of a single other author with that skill.
Then there's the depth you put into the series. Political, religious, and social themes are huge in Harry Potter, not to mention connections to all kinds of mythologies and stories, and I really admire that. I want to be able to say things when I write the way you do. You know dialogue, you know characterization, you can create emotion with your words, and your romance is well-done on top of all that. You are a rare creature that way.
I will never, never in a hundred years have that kind of skill, but I will always work towards it. More than that, though, I want to be the kind of person you are. I admire you so much even beyond your work. You do so much for all sorts of charities and act with kindness to everyone out there. You stand up for your country in a pop culture dominated by the U.S. You stand up for single mothers, for learning readers, for multiple sclerosis, and so much more. Though I can never have your skill, I do hope to have your charity when I do, hopefully, make it to fame in my own way.
Your strength also amazes me, so much, and it gives me hope for myself because I've been through hard things as well. The death of your mother, the problems with your first husband, acting as a poor single mother, all of it, is tough, and you rose high above it through your creativity and persistence. I want to do that too.
So I guess what this letter comes down to is that I thank you for everything you've done to inspire me as a writer and a person. You have and still do push me forward. Someday, when I finally make it, you'll be one of the people I'll credit.
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