JKR says her next book will be for kids...

Community Leader
Registered: 03-05-2005
JKR says her next book will be for kids...
2
Tue, 10-09-2012 - 11:50am
JKR told attendees at a literary festival that her next book will be for kids.  As far as I'm concerned, this is great news. The article below is from Yahoo news.      J.K. Rowling: My next book will be for kids

By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Lookout – Mon, Oct 8, 2012
 
 

Rowling in London, Sept. 27, 2012 (Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Author J.K. Rowling, whose recent foray into adult book publishing was widely panned, says her next book will be for children.

"I think probably the next thing I write, or the next thing I publish, will be for children," Rowling told attendees at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in England on Sunday.

The "Harry Potter" writer said she has a number of ideas on her laptop for her next book, which she said would be aimed at younger children than the seven-book series about a young wizard and his evil-conquering cohorts at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

"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 Potter' was aimed at—which are nearly done and will, I think, be the next thing I publish," Rowling said. "I have run them by my children and they seem to like them, which is always a good sign."

Rowling's latest book, "The Casual Vacancy," underwhelmed critics when it was released last month.

"Unfortunately," The New York Times said, "the real-life world she has limned in these pages is so willfully banal, so depressingly clichéd that 'The Casual Vacancy' is not only disappointing—it's dull."

The Guardian called it a "determinedly unadventurous English novel."

"The magic simply isn't there," the Daily News said. "Indeed, the spell has been broken."

In a recent interview with the BBC, Rowling would not rule out another book set in Voldemort-ville. But as far as "Harry's story is concerned," Rowling said, "I'm done."


Powered by CGISpy.com
Community Leader
Registered: 03-05-2005
Tue, 10-09-2012 - 1:58pm

I'm currently re-reading The Casual Vacancy right now because I really wanted to give it a chance before I wrote my review here on the board.  I'll post a full review once I'm finished.  I'm about half way through and the best I can say is that it's okay.

Like you said, she has such a gift for fantasy.  With the Potter books she created such an amazing universe and described it so vividly that it was almost as though you were part of that world.  In Casual Vacancy she's also very descriptive (sometimes almost too descriptive)- the difference for me is that the characters and the town of Pagford are so boring and unlikable that I don't feel invested in them as I did with the characters in HP.  

I can understand why she felt the need to do something very different from Harry Potter, but I think her true talent lies in writing for younger readers and for those who are young at heart.


Powered by CGISpy.com