By now, I'm sure most of you are aware that Entertainment Weekly awarded Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling the 2007 Entertainer of the Year. EW says the Potter industry has brought in a mind-boggling $15 billion, with nearly 400 million books sold worldwide and $4.49 billion in box office gross off the five films. In 2007, she unveiled what was perhaps the most anticipated book this generation will ever see; the last in her beloved Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. EW notes: "With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling brought the most beloved and profitable book series ever to a sentimental and elegant close. Her novels feel timeless, but also manage to speak to today's fraught world."
But is she an entertainer? Most would argue that she is; after all, contrary to what you may have been told, books are still a form of entertainment. Her words, imagination and characters have entertained billions of people worldwide. However, others might see the word 'entertainer' and picture someone on a stage, in front of a camera -- acting, singing, dancing, etc ... Personally, I think it's absolutely wonderful that an author -- a writer -- was awarded Entertainer of the Year. I can't be the only one who's f**king sick of seeing the George Clooneys, Matt Damons and Angelina Jolies grace the cover of every single magazine. And seeing as we're still right smack in the middle of a writers strike, it's important that we take this time to reward those writers who have changed our world ... even though they've done so from behind a closed door with only a pen and paper. But I may be in the minority on this one, so what about you?%Poll-6319%