Famous people :J.K. Rowling 名人故事系列:J.K. 罗琳

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I just watched an interview with J.K. Rowling and I have to say, I find her really inspiring.


我刚看了一期关于J.K.罗琳的采访,不得不说,她真励志啊。


I know! She's the epitome of a rags to riches success story. I can only imagine how hard it must have been for her as a single mother on welfare.
我知道!她就是白手起家走向成功的典范。我能想象出她作为一个靠领取福利度日的单亲妈妈,当初有多难。


Right! Did you know Harry Potter was shot down a dozen times? It wasn't until one of the publisher's daughters fell in love with the book that it was finally signed.

是啊!你知道《哈利波特》曾数次被拒吗?直到有个出版商的女儿喜欢上《哈利·波特》,才得以签约出版。


Crazy. But how did she come up with Harry Potter anyway?
哇。但她是怎么想出《哈利·波特》的故事的?


Apparently, it came to her on a delayed train to London. She drew on her own experiences with her mother's death to flesh out Harry's backstory.

据说,是在去伦敦延误的列车上想出来的。她将母亲去世的经历也融进了书中,进一步充实成为《哈利·波特》的故事背景。


How long did it take to complete?
她写这本书用了多久呀?


5 or 6 years for the first novel and 17 years in total. Since then, it's become a full-blown franchise with films, theme parks and a few spin-off books.
第一部小说用了五六年,这一系列一共用了17年。此后,《哈利波特》成为了一个成熟的特许经营品牌,包括电影、主题公园,还有一系列衍生著作。


Wow, she really capitalized on her work. Has she written anything outside of the Potterverse?
哇,她从作品中获利颇丰啊!除了《哈利波特》系列以外,她还写了别的什么吗?


She's written adult fiction under a pseudonym which has been widely acclaimed.
她还用笔名写了成人小说,也是广受赞誉。


She's pretty prolific then, huh? Well, I'm glad to see that she's still churning out books.
那她就是挺多产的啊?这样的话,我很高兴看到她仍在写很多书。


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A quote on success and failure from J.K. Rowling

J.K.罗琳语录:关于人生成败




“By every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew. Now, I’m not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairytale resolution. I had no idea then how far the tunnel extended, and for a long time, any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.


“按照通常标准来看,我曾是我所知道的最失败的人。我现在不是要站在这里告诉你们失败很有趣。那是我人生中的一段黑暗时期,当时,我并不知道未来会出现转机,就是媒体后来所描述的那种童话般的解决方案。我不知道眼前的黑暗隧道还有多长,很长一段时间里,隧道尽头的任何光亮都只是一种希冀,而非现实。




So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena where I felt I truly belonged.”


那么我为什么要谈论失败的好处呢?理由很简单,因为失败能让人摒弃无关重要的事情。我不再伪装自己,开始做真实的自我,开始把所有精力放在对我而言最重要的事情上。如果我当初真的在其它方面成功了,我可能永远不会有那种决心,去在真正属于我的领域获得成功。



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