This is a question that is being batted around by publishers, agents, authors and readers alike. I am sure it is a question that Scholastic has asked in recent times. For anyone to challenge the throne of the queen of fantasy they will have to incorporate a number of aspects to even come close to the monumental success of the Harry Potter franchise. Many articles focus on Harry Potter's huge success. This one will focus on how anyone will out-do the hit series.
Here is one aspect they will have to incorporate:
ASPECT #1 - THEY WILL BE AN INSPIRED WRITER WITH SOME TALENT
The author that will take the throne from J. K. Rowling will have to be inspired with a story that will rival Harry Potter. It will have to be a literary masterpiece that has all of the ingredients to succeed on all plateaus. The writing will have to be both simplistic for the young readers and sophisticated for the older readers. It will have to weave humor with sincerity, intelligence with clichés, mysticism with magic, and intrigue with adventure. This new writer will have to have the ability to morph their style to transcend the minds of the readers and bring them into the literary patchwork of children's fairy tales of the twenty first century. It will have to stand the test of criticism and the welcome of praise.
Will such a story unfold and surpass the greatest of our time?
How about a series called The Artifacts of Merlin that chronicles the adventures of Merlin's Grandson through space and time?
BOOK ONE: ZEBULON QUEST THE SWORD OF FIRE is crafted in an interesting futuristic setting with many historical overtones, it is complete with Indiana Jones like adventure, searching for seven artifacts that Merlin has hidden for his grandson-Zebulon Finnegan. The high-concept storyline is a mixture of Harry Potter, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Add to that a sprinkling of Charlie Bone, a pinch of Eragon, and a spoon full of the hit U.S. television show Quantum Leap and you have that potential for overthrowing the queen of fantasy.
Read Sample Chapters:
ZEBULON QUEST: THE SWORD OF FIRE
-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer