Wednesday, September 26, 2012

J. K. Rowling's New Book Bombs or Not? Read the Reviews

At first I was excited because J. K. Rowling's new book, The Casual Vacancy, will be available tomorrow.  Then,  I see reviews trickling in.

The New York Daily News is not very happy.  They are calling her new book a "leftist 'screed'" and others are saying, "hide it from your children." Still others are saying she uses the "F" word profusely.

For those of you daring enough to read it now, good luck.  I abhor the "F" word and feel a good story can be told without its use or overuse thrown all over the pages.

Maybe we were expecting too much.  She said she didn't want to write any more because she knew she couldn't top Harry Potter, and I think her comment was right.  It is being called an "Instant Best Seller," because people pre-ordered, expecting the best.

In my opinion,  I believe people are shocked because they wanted more writing for all ages, rather than adults only.  No one has topped Harry Potter, yet. 

I'd rather not read it and be disappointed.  I want to remember her for what good she has done. It's a tough act to follow yourself when you've accomplished so much already.

Good luck J. K. Rowling.

What is your opinion? 



AWritersTale said...

I'll have to say that her book doesn't sound very appeasing from the get go. However, if I get it I can read what I can and give you my personal opinion. If I can get through it without putting it down half way.

Jeremy Bates said...

Yeah, not so much. Perhaps JK can just retire or, better yet, try her hand again with a pen name not known or divulged.

Kathy Collier said...

A Writers Tale:
If you choose to read it, I would love to hear what you have to say about it. Thanks.

Kathy Collier said...


That would be a good idea. Although, people can forget and forgive and would probably be thrilled if she would write more YA or middle grade and stay in her genre.

I think when you can do something really good, why change it.

I don't think she realizes how much the public loved her work.

It was obviously her publisher pushing her to do this.