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  •  according to wik'dia she's really branching owt (6+ / 0-)

    were her books so terrible that her producing & other stuff likely also to be?  a woman's gotta do something with $40million lying around [or her share of it... i red it too fast for certainty.]  and i seem to recall various novelists of the past having massive breakdowns based on being trapped in their first genre.  which may be part of j.k.r.'s anger about being her pseudonym being outed. max brand was 1 of about 9 pseudonyms of one writer way back when, who was able to write all kinds by having all those pseudonyms.  but didn't have to show up for tv interviews, online, & author signings where he'd have been recognized.  not so easy to change persona now, it appears.

    •  JKR started a coupla charitable foundations (1+ / 0-)
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      whereas according to wikipedia, that other writer's charities seem to consist of having donated a skateboard for an auction to benefit a sick friend.

      -9.0, -8.3 "Remember, a writer writes. Always." --Throw Momma from the Train

      by SensibleShoes on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 06:21:09 AM PDT

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      •  by their spending shall thee know the millionaires (2+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest, wonderful world

        and pretty much everyone else as well.  oh! an almost literal case of "money talks."   i was so glad of the comment about books and movies (and television, may as well add) that respond to what i'd consider a fully legitimate wish (to be valued for ourselves without having to be pleasing) by serving up widely-gobbled empty calories spiked with toxins.  i suppose that's a reasonable way to get a foothold (especially an agent and an editor, i guess) but it's depressing about what's the influence on readers when the material doesn't improve.  i haven't read anything of meyer or hocking and found the movie i taped simply unwatchable, so my assumption that their material remained junkfood is purely speculative, but i can't help thinking that with that kind of sales it must be at least theoretically possible to decide to improve the work bit by bit whether editors/publishers liked it or not, as long the revenue kept rolling in.  i kind of thought "austenland" looked, on the face of it, like a good possibility for genuine reflection on wishfulfillment, and if it turns out that way then i'd have to revise my opinion of meyer somewhat, 'tho i guess i'd still feel some concern that she copied the method of early industrialists destroying the health of the masses of workers in their factories in order to generate massive wealth from which to donate some to save workers' morals and souls, and coincidentally buy their whitewashed way into history.  which brings the circle back to how millionaires spend their money.  hm, i didn't see that coming.

        10q 4 the replies.  lots to be learned and to think about in write-on.

      •  Meyer is a Mormon (1+ / 0-)
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        She may feel tithing 10% of her monstrous earnings is giving enough.

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        by wonderful world on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 08:18:40 PM PDT

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