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Could you write the next Harry Potter?

If you devoted five years to it, could you write the first couple books of a series that becomes a global franchise? Twilight, Maze Runner, and Percy Jackson are additional examples.

by Anonymousreply 4801/11/2021

If I were desperate enough, and had the time, I could see myself in a cafe with a cup of tea, writing constantly, day after day.

by Anonymousreply 112/25/2020

And having it work out.

by Anonymousreply 212/25/2020

I’d love to create a franchise that becomes a land at Disneyland or Universal.

It would take a crucible of poverty and desperation to do it.

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by Anonymousreply 312/25/2020

What does it take?

by Anonymousreply 412/25/2020

Only if it were very pornographic.

by Anonymousreply 512/25/2020

I don't think I could, no. I could write something that would be cherished by a certain group, but I don't think I could write something that has the mass appeal of Harry Potter. That takes a level of talent that I don't have.

by Anonymousreply 612/25/2020

Who would say no to becoming a successful author? JK did while taking care of her infant kids.

by Anonymousreply 712/25/2020

Sure, but I’ve done so much crap in my life I’d get cancelled.

by Anonymousreply 812/25/2020

It would be more likely if I had a writing partner with whom I could develop the story.

Of all the frau technologies, scrapbooking helps a lot when writing that sort of fiction.

by Anonymousreply 912/25/2020

What kind of fantasy topic hasn’t been tapped already? Wizards, vampires, dystopias, gods...

by Anonymousreply 1012/25/2020

[quote] That takes a level of talent that I don't have.

It doesn’t really take that much talent. All of that writing is written pretty simply, probably at a fourth grade level. It’s not like you’re writing War and Peas.

by Anonymousreply 1112/25/2020

It’s basically a world-building and extensive outlining exercise. It’s doable.

by Anonymousreply 1212/25/2020

Sadly what matters more than your own writing is an excellent editor and finding a good publisher who believes in you and promotes the hell out of your work.

And nobody considers being on the NYT Bestseller list an accomplishment anymore after so many authors and publisher game the system by cheating.

by Anonymousreply 1312/25/2020

Sorry, publishers game the system by cheating.

by Anonymousreply 1412/25/2020

How do publishers game the system? I've noticed everyone and their aunt's a NYT best seller.

by Anonymousreply 1512/25/2020

How do you get published? I have so many ideas for a good series. I could self publish on Amazon but I don’t think I would be able to get that made into a movie franchise or theme park land. It has to be a legit book you can buy at Barnes and Nobles before movie producers take you seriously.

by Anonymousreply 1612/25/2020

DLers have a pretty high average IQ. I think many here could do it.

by Anonymousreply 1712/25/2020

R11 I'm a big fan of Warren Peas

by Anonymousreply 1812/25/2020

Much of it has to do with luck. John Bellairs was writing fantasy wizard stories for young adults decades before JKR, they recently made a movie of one of his books, The House with A Clock in Its Walls, but it wasn't a very good adaptation.

by Anonymousreply 1912/25/2020

Or maybe his book wasn’t that good to begin with.

by Anonymousreply 2012/25/2020

Ugh Harry Potter is drivel, and even that's not as bad as Twilight, and BOTH are War and Peace compared to 50 Shades.

Buuut, I don't think I could match their success. Writing is surprisingly difficult. Haha I tried to write some smut once and it's surprisingly difficult. (I love reading erotica but 99% of it is garbage and that's where mine was.)

by Anonymousreply 2112/25/2020

"I've noticed everyone and their aunt's a NYT best seller."

LOL, that's not true at all. Most writers would kill to get on the bestseller list, most are totally anonymous.

by Anonymousreply 2212/25/2020

'A house with a clock in its walls' was the first 'proper' book I ever bought when I was about 10 or 11.

Even then I remember it wasn't that great, although there was a passage where the protagonist and his uncle (?) were being chased by the baddies. Something about the villain's round glasses being reflected by car light in the rearview mirror freaked me out.

by Anonymousreply 2312/25/2020

R10 werewolves

by Anonymousreply 2412/25/2020

The mainstream consumes what the PR machinery tells them to consume. I mean, nobody read 50 Shades of Grey, because it was so well written and thoroughly researched. It was the hype that made people buy it.

Twilight (which inspired 50 Shades of Grey) wasn't that great either. Just hype for the Young Adults genre.

Publishers see dumbed down shit as more profitable and more likely to succeed than books that challenge their readers.

Basically authors have to create the hype for their own work by using social media, become their own brand and selling it. Like, the Frau writing for Fraus, the Mom taking the next step after her big success with her blog, the gay smart-ass wanting to be the gay Agatha Christie.

by Anonymousreply 2512/26/2020

"It was the hype that made people buy it."

If all it took to make a book successful was hype.....every book would be successful, nothing would ever fail. There are still books that are hyped but fail regardless

by Anonymousreply 2612/26/2020

Immediately DLers have to note that the stuff isn’t challenging literature but rather it’s crap. We know that already.

by Anonymousreply 2712/26/2020

R24, werewolves were a huge part of the Twilight franchise.

Maybe aliens? But they were central to the follow-up from the Twilight series author, and it didn't go anywhere.

by Anonymousreply 2812/28/2020

Sure whilst sitting in the old centre of Edinburgh. Yup, would love to.

by Anonymousreply 2912/28/2020

I could totally see some DLer doing this. Lots of confident creative types here (not me). Someone with a decent financial cushion moves somewhere inspiring for five years and grinds it out in a cozy setting. Absolutely.

by Anonymousreply 3012/28/2020

I mean you could write the best epic work of fiction but if the audience doesn't warm up to it, then it would be all for naught. The Twilight crap and the 50 Shades Of Grey crap struck gold, despite their being utter shit, in my opinion

by Anonymousreply 3112/28/2020

Think I'd prefer to write something more personal and daring that had only modest or minimal success in life, but became respected high literature of societal importance after my zenith or even after my death - think Forster's MAURICE, or Tolkien's works.

I wouldn't cope well with Rowling's level of public scrutiny or commerciality, and I wouldn't be able to fully enjoy a draughty castle of my own or swimming in piles of money if I also had to sleep every night in that castle full of money knowing I was a subpar writer of franchise teen lit that had no resonant meaning.

And yes, I know J.K. got kids to read, she's a feminist icon, she's a good mother, she supports us over T, undsoweiter. I like her, I respect her accomplishments, and I'm not taking that away. But youngsters who truly love to read found literature just fine without her help - I would know, I used to be one.

by Anonymousreply 3212/28/2020

Neville Longbottom has a bigger Staff than Sean Biggerstaff.

by Anonymousreply 3312/28/2020


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by Anonymousreply 3412/28/2020

Do you know how many wannabe Harry Potters and Twilights have been published and flopped? Now, multiply that number, which is in the thousands, by a thousand again to get the number of manuscripts that have been submitted wanting to do exactly the same but remain unpublished. Publishers know that these phenomena can’t be manufactured, only hoped for.

by Anonymousreply 3512/28/2020

[quote] Maybe aliens?

There was the TV show called Roswell which was based on YA series books about Teenage Aliens.

[quote] The series is based on the Roswell High young adult book series, written by Melinda Metz and edited by Laura J. Burns, who became staff writers for the television series

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by Anonymousreply 3612/28/2020

And Roswell has already been remade and is on its third season.

by Anonymousreply 3712/28/2020

[Quote] werewolves were a huge part of the Twilight franchise.

Maybe aliens? But they were central to the follow-up from the Twilight series author, and it didn't go anywhere.

I mean werewolves on their own. No vampires.

And The Host was better compared to Twilight but i wasn't a fan of the ending.

[Quote] And Roswell has already been remade and is on its third season.

Which i'm sure will be a shitshow.

by Anonymousreply 3812/28/2020

Is anyone here actually doing this? I suspect at least one DLer is.

I think transhuman is the next big thing (people who make themselves virtual in computers).

by Anonymousreply 3912/30/2020

Neville. Cutest one from the movie now.

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by Anonymousreply 4012/30/2020

Nope. I have no kids. I wouldn't know how to write for kids.

by Anonymousreply 4112/30/2020

[quote]but I don't think I could write something that has the mass appeal of Harry Potter. That takes a level of talent that I don't have.

J.K. Rowling isn't a great writer. Fine yes, but not great by any means (and her books are aimed for kids). You really just need imagination to come up with the premise (as R12 mentioned). A good editor can take care of the rest.

by Anonymousreply 4212/30/2020

R42 what would make her a great writer? You need her to be very poetic and/or literary with her words? Sometimes writing simplistically but effectively is better.

by Anonymousreply 4312/31/2020

I'm sure there are analyst reports that can prognosticate what's going to be hot in five years. Aliens, etc.

by Anonymousreply 4401/05/2021

Is anyone on DL actually doing this?

by Anonymousreply 4501/06/2021

R42, what does an editor do? Don't you have to sketch out the entire story, rather than just have a good premise?

by Anonymousreply 4601/11/2021

I wouldn't have the patience for it.

Identifying the basic building blocks of a young adult fantasy franchise is easy enough and people do it every day, then self publish or get their stuff published by a smaller press. You just need to have an angle that sounds edgy but isn't (capitalism might be bad! it might be cool to be a vampire!) and the ability to create fantasy elements with bits and pieces of modern words. Something like Star Wars and their heavy-handed "Han SOLO" type names or "Avada Kedavra" in Harry Potter, things that quickly and easily trigger ideas in people's minds without them consciously realizing it. Get lucky and you'll end up selling tons and having a well-paying franchise.

The work it takes, though, is exhausting and boring. Only if you're really in love with your own middlebrow idea could you go through with it.

by Anonymousreply 4701/11/2021

When I was a film writer I was shocked at how many people wrote absolute bullshit, made-up crap about Old Hollywood stars and would publish them with Bear Manor Media or some shitty place. Plagiarism, lies, books crammed with homophobic agendas, sometimes even gibberish were in these books, and people lapped them up. Famous people would write blurbs for them and say "Wow finally a book on Huntley Gordon!" as if just having a book meant it was good. And it never was.

Others would write liner notes for radio shows on CD, where the radio show was in the public domain and thus free, and the liner notes were just Wikipedia articles, lightly edited. These companies would make good money selling CDs to older people who didn't know they were being sold information they could have gotten for free.

Any one of you could make a semi decent living by stealing information from blogs, Wikipedia and Twitter threads and turning it into a book.

There ya go, now don't tell me I never gave you any good advice.

by Anonymousreply 4801/11/2021
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