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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Can J. K. Rowling Top Harry Potter?

J. K. Rowling, author of the highly successful Harry Potter book series just struck a deal with Little, Brown for a new novel for adults. Personally, I would hate to be in her shoes. It's a bit like the Sports Illustrated phenomenon. Nine times out of ten, those successful athletes featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the peak of their success, plummet, never to reach that level of success again. Also known as "regression toward the mean," it is based on the hypothesis that if a variable is extreme when it is first measured, it is more likely to be closer to average upon its second measurement.

Rowling is fighting an uphill battle. Can you imagine J.R.R. Tolkien writing another series that rivaled or surpassed his Lord of the Rings Trilogy?  or Margaret Mitchell topping Gone with the Wind?

Rowling's new book is thought to be a mystery novel for adults though this has not yet been officially confirmed. The specifics have yet to be announced. J. K. Here's wishing you the best. Having made your fortune on Harry Potter series, you have the option of sitting back and taking it easy for the rest of your life. Instead, you've decided to forge ahead and "explore new territories." I count Harry Potter among my favorite literary works and anticipate your next release. I, and the rest of your loyal followers hope you don't disappoint us. No pressure.

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Teena Stewart is author of the Treasure Seeker and other books.

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