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What would you do if you were JKR? - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
What would you do if you were JKR?
So JKR has caught some flak for vandalizing a hotel statue, thereby assuring the hotel that it can make mad money on E-bay.

Granted, silly and juvenile, but let's be honest... finishing a decade and a half of work is bound to make a person giddy.

So, if you were JKR and you had more money than the queen and had finished work on the HP series, going from obscurity to brand-name status, semi-poor to filthy rich... what silly, goofy, juvenile thing would you do to celebrate?
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buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: February 7th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Knowing me, I wouldn't celebrate. I'd cry. And get drunk for the first time in my life.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 7th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd start the crying jag the next day. But, yeah, totally drunk. On the good stuff. Possibly carried to me by the finest-looking gentlemen in the realm.
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From: leeflower Date: February 7th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would go down to the desk, ask to speak to the manager, and present him with a framed, hand-written note that I finished the book in that hotel. Date, time, room number. Then I'd tell the manager I'd be sending over a case of signed copies, to be handed out to Young Adults who stay in that room in the future.

I'd also steal the Gideon Bible, but I always do that. There's a chance I'd buy everyone at the nearest pub a round.

but hey, I figure if the hotel's not pissed about it, I shouldn't be obligated to care at all. So I don't.
starbrow From: starbrow Date: February 7th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
No Gideon Bibles in hotels in the UK!

This has been your random trivia for today. :)
shiiki From: shiiki Date: February 7th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, honestly. Haven't people got better things to do than nitpick on JKR?

*shakes head*

I bet the hotel is pretty damn happy about it, anyway!
starbrow From: starbrow Date: February 7th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Anyone who's giving her flak is kind of silly -- that statue won't have been worth much of anything before, but it will be now!

(God, like the Balmoral need to eBay something -- I see more likely a private auction in about a hundred years or so. long after JKR and everyone who read the books as they came out are dead. After spending that time inbetween leaving it on display, possibly behind glass after a few neds attempt to steal it so they can sell it on eBay themselves, of course. Or alternatively, it will be quietly donated to a museum, possibly the National Gallery of Scotland, and become a prime tourist attraction.)

So if I were JKR, ending the Harry Potter series in the Balmoral Hotel, I would probably go over to the Waterstones across the street, and, carefully in disguise, quietly autograph every single copy of every Harry Potter book they have, and see if I could get away with it before anybody realised who I was.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 7th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if I could have resisted that urge as long as she apparently has, honestly... ;p

Actually, I'd guess the hotel is serious about just squirreling it away somewhere as a conversation piece. As hotel vandalism goes, I'm sure they've seen worse.
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: February 7th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um... not sure I'd go so far as scribbling on a statue... Then again, if I were in the postition she was, who knows?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 7th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspect it was just one of those mass-produced statuette things; not like she's scribbling on David or something. ;P

I think I'd feel a need to mark something permanently. With fanfic, I'm satisfied to do it on LJ. If I finished a madly popular series? Dude, I'd be tempted to sky-write it!

I don't know... I don't normally approve of vandalism, but in this case, I find it weirdly endearing, because it's just such a down-to-earth thing to do. Like, "OMG!!! I FINISHED IT!!!" Like anyone else getting giddy. And probably tipsy.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 7th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
HA! Yeah, I like that.
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dramaturgy From: dramaturgy Date: February 8th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Run down the street and yell, "I DID IT!"
honorh From: honorh Date: February 8th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Run down the street naked and yell, "I DID IT!"
From: lizbee Date: February 8th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd probably get very drunk and go on a celebratory spamming spree at f_w, TLC and all the major fansites.

Maybe that's why some publishers are wary of fanfic authors turning pro...
onionsarelife From: onionsarelife Date: February 8th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
if there was a pool in the hotel I would totally get drunk and go skinny dipping at 3 in the morning. but i suppose if i was that well known it probably would be a bad idea.
sreya From: sreya Date: February 8th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd probably pull out a knife and carve the date and my initials into the desk I'd just finished writing it on. :~p I really loved that idea of autographing books in the bookstore, though, that'd be FUN!
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: February 8th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't see it being a bad thing that she did at all - I'm completely with you! Yes, juvenile, but she's entitled to be.

Besides, the hotel doesn't seem to mind much.
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: February 8th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Immediately get on my website and announce it to the world.

Go the the nearest dance club, buy a round of drinks for everyone, and dance the night away while slowly getting intoxicated.

Sign autographs in exchange for drinks from hot guys.
dalf From: dalf Date: February 8th, 2007 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)
What did she do?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 8th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
She finished DH in a hotel in Edinburgh (the Balmoral, I think), and scribbled on one of the little decorative statuettes the date and the fact that she'd finished the HP series here, then signed it.
lareinenoire From: lareinenoire Date: February 8th, 2007 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, why do they give her flak for that? She's probably intensely excited that she finally finished the books! And besides, the hotel will make loads of money on it now and in perpetuity so long as the books remain popular as 'The place where JK Rowling finished Harry Potter'.

I'm sure they don't care.

As to how I would celebrate, I think I'd steal someone else's idea, secretly run into the nearest bookshop, and autograph every copy of my book there. And probably drink loads of champagne too.
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