J.K. Rowling has written another book- in secret!

And it’s been available since April!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has admitted posing as a retired policeman to write a crime novel that was praised by critics.

Rowling used the pseudonym Robert Galbraith to write “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” which was published in April, her publisher confirmed Sunday.

Galbraith was supposedly the work of a married father-of-two and former undercover police investigator.

However, Rowling’s cover was blown by Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper in a story published Sunday.

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” the 47-year-old writer said in a statement confirmed by her publisher, Little Brown.

“It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

I expect that the number of people buying the book will rise exponentially following this shocking news story! Will you be one of them?

Source: Today Books

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‘A Casual Vacancy’ to become TV series

This is surprising, considering that press coverage put a negative spin on ideas of adapting the book.

The Harry Potter author will “collaborate closely” on the adaptation which is expected to air on BBC One in 2014.

Set in a small-town community in the West Country, it centres on the unexpected death of Barry Fairbrother, which shocks the local villagers.

Rowling said she was “thrilled” that the novel has been commissioned.

“I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home.”

BBC One controller Danny Cohen said he was excited to bring Rowling’s latest work to audiences.

“[Her] story-telling is of course peerless in its popularity, and I am looking forward to collaborating with her,” he said.

The series will be produced for BBC One by an independent production company with Rick Senat as executive producer.

The BBC said the number and length of episodes will be decided once the adaptation process has begun.

Described by publishers Little Brown and Co as “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising”, there were mixed reviews for the novel when it was published in September, with Rowling variously described as “unadventurous”, “bleak” and “brilliant” by newspaper critics.

It sold 125,000 copies in its first week on the market, becoming the fastest-selling hardback in the UK for three years and the second biggest seller since records began in 1998.

What do you think? Is the book suitable for TV? Will you watch it?

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Source: BBC News

J.K. Rowling gives enlightening interview with Charlie Rose

Throughout her US promotion of The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling has given a lot of interviews. One of the compelling factors in this one is the light she sheds on the film productions of Harry Potter.

Charlie Rose: When you’re writing, do you see it like a movie? I assume, after Harry Potter, you saw the character as exactly the movie character for Harry Potter.
JK Rowling:
 Interestingly no, I didn’t – with one exception. This is what’s interesting to me. I never saw Dan or Rupert or Emma as … no. Because I’d lived with them so long, I saw my characters in my head. There was one exception. I’ve said this before. Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, I saw her. I’m not saying the others weren’t perfect pieces of casting, because I adore those people, but she got in my head. I even heard her voice when I was writing Luna.

CR: How did Harry differ from the actor? How did the picture you had in your head differ from the picture we see on the screen?
JKR:
 Dan, Rupert and Emma – and they know, I’ve said this to them – they’re much better looking than the kids I saw in my head

CR: Really?
JKR:
 Yeah, definitely. Emma is beautiful, staggeringly beautiful. In the book, Hermione is a plain Jane, although she sorts herself out a little bit, and she gets a little more styled as she gets older. I am so glad they cast her as Hermione. Emma is a very intelligent girl, who played intelligent beautifully. Even though she’s stunningly beautiful – Emma is not at all about her looks. That’s who Emma is, and that shown through in her portrayal of Hermione. That’s why I was thrilled they cast her because she is such a smart, bright girl. I needed my Hermione to be that kind of person.

CR: Did the movies teach you anything about your characters? Did you see anything about your characters that might have added to their complexity? Because actors can take lines and their job is to to enhance them.
JKR:
 Yeah definitely, and make them their own. Gary Oldman was fantastic as Sirius. He was amazing. He gave Sirius something that was in my mind for Sirius, but on screen I really saw it – that slight edge of insanity, of being imbalanced, from someone that’d been locked up for a long time. He just played that.

CR: When you’re writing this with the multiple characters you have, is finding somebody that’s a bit crazed thrilling? Because you can do so many things with a bad person.
JKR:
 You’ve got to reign it in though. You’ve got to just pitch it right because otherwise it becomes like a cardboard and paste caricature. You’ve still got to find the center of the crazy person. Bellatrix, in the books, is probably the most out of control, insane person in the books. She’s vicious. Even more than Voldemort, who has a control about him. But that was how I saw her. There was a lack of boundaries.

The longer video also includes information from the author about The Casual Vacancy.

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J.K. Rowling ready to return to world of children’s literature

A Casual Vacancy was a huge transition for J.K. Rowling- from the wizarding world to the gritty, adult setting of Pagford, England. Now the author reveals that she may be writing again, and this time, for kids.

Rowling explained at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday, “As the writer of Harry Potter, I’m always nervous of committing myself to another children’s book, but yes, the next thing I write will be for children. I have a lot of things on my laptop currently, including a couple of things for children – for a slightly younger age group than Harry Potterwas aimed at – which are nearly done and will, I think, be the next thing I publish. I have run them by my children and they seem to like them which is always a good sign.”

She added, “I also have some ideas for another book for adults but it isn’t too far on [in development].” JK also touched on her battle with depression, stating that he tendencies to go a bit darker with some of her storylines really do affect her in her everyday life.

Rowling said, “I do have a tendency to walk on the dark side sometimes. I have suffered from depression, I know how that feels, I have an innate inclination that way. Writing does help with that [depression].”

If the new children’s book is half as successful as the Harry Potter series then we could have another global phenomenon on our hands.
Another series that’s just as good as Harry Potter? We can only dream of such things. But then again, with J.K. Rowling, anything’s possible.
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A Casual Vacancy reviews vary

Since J.K. Rowling’s new book has come out, reviews have poured in from major media outlets all around the world. The standpoint on the book goes from dull and unimaginative to a beautifully written work of fiction. However, the book is definitely being purchased.

J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy is reportedly “on track to become the year’s bestselling novel in hardcover,” according to EVP of Little, Brown Michael Pietsch.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

In this post, I’ve compiled some notable snippets from various reviews, as well as my own perspective.

The first tidbit, from the Winnipeg Free Press, sums up the general standpoint of A Casual Vacancy nicely.

Her incredibly hyped new novel, which follows her seven-volume Harry Potter children’s series, the most commercially successful books in publishing history, shows first and foremost an author who refuses to repeat herself. It also shows that that she is the real deal.

Magic there is not. This is a remorselessly gritty and mundane book, a sustained exercise in what the author clearly conceives as the social-realist mode. It is structured around two funerals and a suicide and includes the piteous death of a child. It is centrally concerned with a council election and the consequences of malicious internet postings.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Though it’s undoubtedly going to happen, it would be unfair to compare this novel to the Harry Potter books. They’re worlds apart.

This is a complex book with lots of layers, humor, pathos and allegories everywhere. Readers may even find a timely message in this story of rich and poor and the politics that accompany them.

Source: The Spectrum

The ability to create characters who move you so much that you want to shout aloud “Don’t do that!” or “Don’t say that!” is rare. Krystal Weedon moved me to laughter, admiration, distaste, anger and finally, in her great battle against such unfair and immense odds, to tears.

Source: The Guardian

In my opinion, all of these reviews were partially true. A Casual Vacancy was extremely hyped-up, and no matter what, it will still be a best-seller, just because it’s J.K. Rowling. When it comes to the actual review of the book, I won’t say I wasn’t a little disappointed. In the beginning, I couldn’t help but compare it to Harry Potter. However, a few pages in, it was almost like Rowling was trying too hard to distance herself from her previous work. The amount of sexual references, curse words, and other mature topics were overwhelming. But once I moved past the obscenity, I found myself in a story that I genuinely enjoyed. Contrary to other reviews, I thought the characters were amazingly well done. I loved how each character’s background connected to the others.

I only have two real criticisms of the book. First, there was little suspense. The reader’s omniscient view made an air of mystery almost impossible. Secondly, I wasn’t a fan of the ending. There were little uplifting moments, but mostly I just felt dejected with where the story left off. Not that there’s anything wrong with a sad book, but I wish the audience hadn’t been left hanging where they were. Overall, I thought A Casual Vacancy was well worth a read. It was thought-provoking and enjoyable. Best of all, the social and political aspects in the plot reflect perfectly on the conflict we face in our lives today.

J.K. Rowling considers a new Potter book

In an interview this past Wednesday morning, Rowling was questioned about continuing the Potter series. Tween Tribune brought us the details.

And she said that while “where Harry’s story is concerned, I’m done,” she was considering a new story set in the same universe.

“I don’t want to go mechanically back into that world and pick up a load of odds and ends and glue them together and say, ‘Here we go, we can sell this,'” Rowling said in an interview broadcast Wednesday. “It would make a mockery of what those books were to me.

“But … if I did have a great idea for something else, I probably would do it. I am very averse to the prequel-sequel idea. A sidestep could maybe … well, we’ll see.”

Rowling also acknowledged that she wished she had had more time to work on a couple of the Potter novels — she did not name them — which had been written “on the run.”

“And I read them, and I think ‘Oh God, maybe I’ll go back and do a director’s cut,'” Rowling said. “I don’t know.”

This brings up an interesting question- which would you prefer for a new Potter series: the Marauders generation or Harry’s kids?

 

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Casual Vacancy is a ‘great novel’ says Time Entertainment

Some early reviews are in on J.K. Rowling’s MUCH anticipated foray into the adult novel. Can she capture the same magic from the Harry Potter books and apply it to The Casual Vacancy?

Here’s what Lev Grossman of Time Entertainment had to say:

But after about ten pages of The Casual Vacancy I began to forget about all that stuff, and online rumors about how the book was amazing or awful or had lots of sex in it. I forgot about how I had three days to write a review of a 500-page book. I forgot about everything except the pages in front of me. Because I had come under the spell of a great novel.

What surprised me about The Casual Vacancy was not just how good it was, but the way in which it was good. I suppose I’d expected a kind of aged-up, magicked-down Harry Potter, something that showcased the same strengths the Potter books do: Rowling’s meticulous plotting, her inventiveness, her love of mischief, her likeable characters, her knack for visual spectacle. I also expected it to showcase her weaknesses, because all writers have them. Yes, I’m a fanboy, but I still think the Potter books have too many adverbs in them, and not enough sex.

But The Casual Vacancy is a different beast entirely. It was not what I was expecting. It’s a big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England, rich with literary intelligence…(keep reading)

This is so encouraging to hear! Who plans on reading The Casual Vacancy with as much excitement as Deathly Hallows??