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New J.K. Rowling novel to be published this September

Apr. 12, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Sorry, HARRY POTTER fans, this novel is strictly for adults.

J.K. Rowling, billionaire creator of the Harry Potter franchise, will publish her first non-fantasy novel THE CASUAL VACANCY on September 27th. The novel will likely be optioned for a hefty sum well before it hits bookstores in the fall.

Publisher Little Brown also released a brief summary of the plot: The story is set in Pagford, a charming little town with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Pagford's internal strife comes to a head when parish councilman Barry Fairweather unexpectedly dies, and the race for his seat becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

That definitely sounds like an adult plot.  It also sounds like it could be the summary for an episode of DOWNTON ABBEY or Masterpiece Theatre.  Don't get me wrong, I am capable of enjoying a good British period film, but I feel somewhat let down that her new novel is so drastically different.  I will still read it to see if she is capable of escaping the "one hit wonder" label that many have applied to her.

Rowling was a very weak writer on the first Potter novel and each subsequent book was better and better.  By the final book, I still felt her to be a little weak in the narrative but it worked for a younger audience.  Now, the literary world will tear her to shreds.

What do you think of Rowling's upcoming novel?

Extra Tidbit: As poorly written as the first Potter novel was, it was infinitely better than anything Stephanie Meyer has published.
Source: Vulture

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6:57AM on 04/13/2012

She's gonna get ripped to shreds...

I agree with you, Alex. She's a weak writer and only got away with Harry Potter because her audience was willing to overlook her inability to craft a proper story from beginning to end.

Without 10 year olds going ga-ga over the pablum she spews, this new novel is gonna die a painful death at the hands of real critics.
I agree with you, Alex. She's a weak writer and only got away with Harry Potter because her audience was willing to overlook her inability to craft a proper story from beginning to end.

Without 10 year olds going ga-ga over the pablum she spews, this new novel is gonna die a painful death at the hands of real critics.
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10:45PM on 04/12/2012
Read all of the Harry Potters back to back a couple of years ago. While there may have been marginal improvement, the first four books are pretty similar in quality. However, the fifth was such an improvement over the first four that I might have thought it was written by a different author had I not known better. Makes sense, since the three year gap between the fourth and fifth was the longest in the series.
Read all of the Harry Potters back to back a couple of years ago. While there may have been marginal improvement, the first four books are pretty similar in quality. However, the fifth was such an improvement over the first four that I might have thought it was written by a different author had I not known better. Makes sense, since the three year gap between the fourth and fifth was the longest in the series.
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8:50PM on 04/12/2012
She has earned my respect as a writer so I will give anything she puts out a go.
She has earned my respect as a writer so I will give anything she puts out a go.
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8:56PM on 04/12/2012
Even Stephen King called her a "wonderful writer."
Even Stephen King called her a "wonderful writer."
7:00AM on 04/13/2012
Well that's the pot calling the kettle black. Now if Kurt Vonnegut had said it, it might mean something.
Well that's the pot calling the kettle black. Now if Kurt Vonnegut had said it, it might mean something.
7:40PM on 04/12/2012
What an incredibly movie-tastic piece of news...
What an incredibly movie-tastic piece of news...
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8:59PM on 04/12/2012
"Fascinating, Captain. Sensors detect a troll off the starboard bow. Shall we raise the shields?"

"Negative, Mr. Spock. We have better things to do, like alphabetizing my spice rack."
"Fascinating, Captain. Sensors detect a troll off the starboard bow. Shall we raise the shields?"

"Negative, Mr. Spock. We have better things to do, like alphabetizing my spice rack."
5:10AM on 04/13/2012
Trolling/Difference in opinion from the masses (read: sheep) on Joblo.

But I enjoyed the effort it must have taken you to come up with that, sweetheart...
Trolling/Difference in opinion from the masses (read: sheep) on Joblo.

But I enjoyed the effort it must have taken you to come up with that, sweetheart...
6:59AM on 04/13/2012
Agreed. Not movie news at all. Still, I personally don't mind a little spice and think it's fun to have a bit of book/tv/live theater/video game stories sprinkled around here.
Agreed. Not movie news at all. Still, I personally don't mind a little spice and think it's fun to have a bit of book/tv/live theater/video game stories sprinkled around here.
6:34PM on 04/12/2012
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Hottest richest MILF ever!
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6:53AM on 04/13/2012
I'd tap that with my magic wand.
I'd tap that with my magic wand.
5:54PM on 04/12/2012

I liked the fact that Rowling's writing

improved with every installment of Harry Potter. I'm willing to give this one a shot.
improved with every installment of Harry Potter. I'm willing to give this one a shot.
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5:48PM on 04/12/2012
I worry that Potter fans will read this book and expect it to be something magical again. Pardon the pun. I hope that her trying to do something as different as what made her extremely famous will be bad for her and really staple her as a one hit wonder. I like her, so I hope the book sells well and is a good story. Good luck Joanne.
I worry that Potter fans will read this book and expect it to be something magical again. Pardon the pun. I hope that her trying to do something as different as what made her extremely famous will be bad for her and really staple her as a one hit wonder. I like her, so I hope the book sells well and is a good story. Good luck Joanne.
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