Discworld series author Terry Pratchett pokes a bit of fun at Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in response to Rowling’s recent comments that she did not know she was writing fantasy when she wrote Harry Potter. Says Pratchett, “I would have thought that the wizards, witches, trolls, unicorns, hidden worlds, jumping chocolate frogs, owl mail, magic food, ghosts, broomsticks and spells would have given her a clue?”
Far be it from me to blow these things out of proportion, but I can easily see this escalating into a Literary Celebrity Death Match. Now that I think about it, the public would probably welcome a series of author feuds. Anyone for a couple of rounds of Cory Doctorow vs. the corpse of L. Ron Hubbard? Maybe a culinary three-way with C.J. Cherryh, Theodore Sturgeon and Anne Rice? OK, I’ll stop now, before I go too far with the Philip K. Dick/Michael Moorcock bout.