It was recently announced that J.K. Rowling is writing her first book for adults – and this book will have nothing whatsoever to do with the Harry Potter universe. On September 27, The Casual Vacancy will be available all over the world. A blurb about the book is located here.
If I was J.K. Rowling, I’d be a little apprehensive about releasing a totally new book. How many people will read the book for its own merits and how many people will be reading the book to compare it (in whatever ways they can) to the Harry Potter series? I know that if I ever read the book, it won’t be because the subject matter interests me (it doesn’t seem like the kind of thing I’d be into), but because it would be cool to see how Rowling’s writing style has changed to fit the needs of an adult audience.
I was also thinking that if Rowling wanted to, she would never have to write again. She’s one of the richest women in Great Britain, and one of the most famous authors in the entire world. The fact that she’s writing another book shows that she loves writing for its sake – that writing the Harry Potter series wasn’t simply a way to pull her out of poverty (although it did that and so much more).
All in all, I’m crossing my fingers that the book is good and that it is not compared to Harry Potter too much – although that will be very difficult, even though the books are from totally different genres. I don’t know why I feel so much anxiety over this. I would hate to hear critics slamming the book because it is highly unlikely that it will be as big of a hit as Harry Potter.
I know that if I wrote a successful book or series, I’d be extremely nervous about releasing something completely new and different. I’d fear a sophomore slump. But I suppose the main thing to keep in mind is that no matter who likes your book, or who dislikes it, you wrote it because you loved the characters and the story. And they brought you joy. 🙂