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J.K. Rowling on Unicorns and Sex

I had a lot of real-world material in me, believe you me. The thing about fantasy — there are certain things you just don’t do in fantasy. You don’t have sex near unicorns. It’s an ironclad rule. It’s tacky.J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, to The New Yorker.

With the imminent release of her first post-Harry Potter book, The Casual Vacancy, The New Yorker has secured an indepth feature with the British author, and fortunately for the rest of us, it’s available free online. It’s an interesting read, despite a strange moment where the writer feels the need to let us know that Rowling’s wearing too much foundation. Flavorwire has some key quotes.

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  • Pumpkinmon

    I think having sex by a Unicorn would be a great idea.If it suddenly dies during the act you know you live in a book or movie.Symbolism!

  • MacKenzie Turner

    …What about sex *on* Unicorns? Consenting Unicorns, I mean.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the “symbolism” of unicorns was just that they represented “a man and his horn” – hence virgins get to see “the unicorn” before they aren’t virgins anymore. Didn’t think it was any deeper than that.

  • Kifre

    I read a court decision once that said consent was like unicorns and rainbows. I kid you not.

  • Anonymous

    I’d think that if you see a unicorn *at all*, you probably know you live in a book or movie. ;)

  • Anonymous

    After reading exerpts from the interview I’m convinced Rowling hasn’t read any fantasy after C S Lewis and that she seems to labor under the misconception that fantsy and children’s books are interchangeabe. She states that she can’t get raunchy in fantasy…

    I say we mail her a full set of GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Someone introduce her to Tanith Lee.

  • Anonymous

    I guess my fan fic where JK Rowling rides around on a unicorn seducing men to ravish each other’s bodies atop said unicorn, could use some tweaking.