Three Questions for JKR Q&A Tomorrow
We hope the new date is in your diary because the interactive Q&A with Robert Galbraith is tomorrow!
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— Robert Galbraith (@RGalbraith) September 21, 2022
I am not sure what Rowling, Inc., means by “interactive” but it suggests a possibility that The Presence will be taking questions from her listening audience. If true, this would be a first-time-ever event for the Strike series and something Rowling has only done before during Potter-Mania, something she did with children readers. Except one event. The last time she answered questions from a live audience of adults (rather than from pre-screened cards), if memory serves, was in Carnegie Hall, the night she revealed she had always “thought of Dumbledore as gay.”
Given the number of Rowling Revilers in the world today that would attempt an ambush of her in any “interactive” environment, I have to doubt that her handlers, being sane, would expose her to this credible danger. If it is a live Q&A, though, and you could get through to ask her one question about Ink Black Heart — and it has to be about Strike6, remember, nothing about her A-Levels reading list, protestors in Iran, or The Christmas Pig diamond earrings — what would you ask her?
I share three ‘off-the-top-of-my-head’ questions after the jump and hope you’ll write yours in the comment boxes. Who knows? Maybe Team Rowling will choose one or two questions from Serious Strikers for a change!
Three Ink Black Heart Questions for ‘Robert Galbraith:’
(1) Part of the background scenery during Robin and Strike’s birthday drinks at the Ritz in Ink Black Heart’s first chapter is a painting of the mythological Leda and the Swan. Is this myth and another, the one Jungian psychologists like Strike’s half-sister love, ‘Cupid and Psyche,’ something we’re seeing re-invented in the Cormoran Strike series?
(2) Oxford University Research Fellow Beatrice Groves and the University of Dallas’ Evan Willis have both written about Ink Black Heart’s remarkable parallels with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Will you confirm or deny whether these echoes between the sixth books of both series was intentional on your part?
(3) Assuming you read reviews and criticism of your books, even if it just the first rushes post-publication, are there any that you felt were especially insightful? Ink Black Heart presents a not especially flattering view of fandoms, especially online communities; are there any web sites devoted to discussion and exegesis of your work that you follow or can recommend to readers?
The second part of that last question, of course, is a shameless request for a Gold Plated Endorsement of HogwartsProfessor.com. I am obliged to assume that, given her experience with the Harry Potter Lexicon after giving them an award, Rowling will not be praising any online mavens anytime ever again, and, if she does deign to shine her light on a Serious Striker site, will choose one that doesn’t delight in posting a ‘Gaffes’ list for readers to share all the mistakes she made and her editors missed. Still, I feel obliged to try.
What question would you ask Rowling about Ink Black Heart if you found the Golden Ticket in your Willie Wonka Chocolate Bar? Please share it in the comment boxes below!
1, 2, *and* 3 on the Amazon Most Read chart is not a bad result, eh? pic.twitter.com/sZzxZzcXmH
— The Blair Partnership (@TBP_agency) September 21, 2022
Forgive me for wishing Half-Blood Prince had been number 2 on this list!