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.


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.

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.


Crazy. But how did she come up with Harry Potter anyway?

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.


How long did it take to complete?

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.

Wow, she really capitalized on her work. Has she written anything outside of the Potterverse?

She's written adult fiction under a pseudonym which has been widely acclaimed.

She's pretty prolific then, huh? Well, I'm glad to see that she's still churning out books.

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


“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.


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.”