Dear J.K. Rowling,
I'm writing you a letter that I know you will never ever read, because I have a blog, and ravenous blog readers like things like this. Also because I've wanted to do this for a while. I picked you as my letter recipient for the obvious reason, this being that you're my top writing idol, which makes you pretty much my top idol period. I'm a novelist, like you, and I write young adult and middle grade fantasy and science fiction. In the realm of children's fantasy, I consider your Harry Potter series to be the ultimate work, and so I work every day to come to 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, but I did then. It was over summer, probably 2003 or so, and my cousins on my dad's side were having a Harry Potter first movie year-ago release party or something like that. I kind of got roped into watching that movie... and I fell in love.
My apologies for falling for the movie before the book. That's what I get for being a snob.
Of course, once I read what of the series was out at that point, I just fell harder. Pretty quickly I was going to midnight releases, movie premieres, Harry Potter parties, freaking out over trailers, and being addicted to MuggleNet. Harry Potter is just powerful like that. Through Harry Potter, I learned literary analysis, book prediction, and most of all, my skill with figuring out romances, all things which 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 come closer into epic fantasy. There's nary a thing I don't admire with your skill. You know how to worldbuild incredibly. Children and adults everywhere get the feeling they could live in the world of Hogwarts every time they read your series. I want to live there, or, at least, to know even 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 children, 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 be able to 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 as being portrayed in your books and movies, which I also think is awesome even though I'm not a patriotic kind of person. There's no way to fully describe your kindness. You stand up for single mothers, for reading, 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.
And your strength. It 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 terrible, and you rose so high above it just through your creativity and persistence. I want to do that too.
So I guess what this letter comes down to is, I must 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, because even though I've never met you, I've read your work, and I know about you, and both of those things keep me going even when things get hard.
Thanks so much!
(And to my readers--thanks for coming around, and I'll see you next time for March's humor post!)
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