Author TERRY PRATCHETT has accused JK ROWLING of unfairly stealing the
limelight from other fantasy writers with her increasingly popular HARRY POTTER
Pratchett is furious that bestselling writers like himself are being
marginalised, due to the success of the Scottish writer's boy wizard books.
And he was so disgusted when Rowling declared she didn't realise Harry
Potter was a fantasy and was "not a huge fan of the genre" he wrote a
strongly-worded letter to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, accusing her of
gaining popularity "at the
expense of other writers".
He fumes, "Ever since THE LORD OF THE RINGS revitalised the genre, writers
have played with it, reinvented it, subverted it and bent it to their times.
"It has also contained come of the very best, most accessible writing for
children, by writers who seldom get the acknowledgement they deserve.
"The status of JK Rowling is being elevated at the expense of these other
"And I'm not the world's greatest expert. But 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 that Harry
Potter was fantasy."