Turns out Harry Potter's creator doesn't read fantasy or sci-fi

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Dec 17, 2012

She may have created one of the most popular fantasy series ever with Harry Potter, but that doesn't mean author J.K. Rowling actually has to like fantasy and sci-fi literature. Turns out, she's not much of a fan.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Rowling was asked if there is any literary scene she "can't be bothered with." Though she didn't go that far in describing the genre that made her a household name, she did admit she's never been that into it:

"'Can't be bothered with' isn't a phrase I'd use, because my reading tastes are pretty catholic. I don't read 'chick lit,' fantasy or science fiction but I'll give any book a chance if it's lying there and I've got half an hour to kill. With all of their benefits, and there are many, one of the things I regret about e-books is that they have taken away the necessity of trawling foreign bookshops or the shelves of holiday houses to find something to read. I've come across gems and stinkers that way, and both can be fun.

On the subject of literary genres, I've always felt that my response to poetry is inadequate. I'd love to be the kind of person that drifts off into the garden with a slim volume of Elizabethan verse or a sheaf of haikus, but my passion is story. Every now and then I read a poem that does touch something in me, but I never turn to poetry for solace or pleasure in the way that I throw myself into prose."

Rowling's Potter series has sold more than 450 million books and inspired an eight-film franchise that has netted nearly $8 billion (with a "B") in worldwide receipts.

Not bad for someone who doesn't even dig fantasy.

(Via The New York Times)