Initial thought: "J.K. Rowling is writing adult fiction."
Response: Good news! I'm not really a Potter fan (though I have nothing against it), but perhaps she'll be able to work the same magic for adult fiction that she did for young-adult fiction.
Realization: "J.K. Rowling is writing literary fiction, which is little more than a pile of pretentious self-praise written by people so insecure about themselves and their work that they reject their imaginations and go out of their way to spit on anything resembling genre fiction, operating under the prejudiced misconception that genre fiction is written by cockroaches and less valuable than rat s**t."
Response: Could not care less. Let me know when she turns her imagination back on, if she ever does.
Yeah, I'm very excited! I just received The Casual Vacancy in the mail today. I read about forty-five pages so far; I like it. It's different from Harry Potter, which is really great. Definitely a book for adults. I love it when authors show their different styles. The writing is still really good, of course. Particularly the word choice, and the ease in the sentences. 3nodding
I had sampled it and found myself quite bored. A shame, but I still have faith that J.K. is a good writer. This one was just a miss for me.
I had this same feeling as I viewed the sample copy. I wanted to like it ... but ... it doesn't sound like something I would find interesting.
I actually wonder whether she felt compelled to write this because she never agreed with the Tory rise to power in Britain. I thought she wrote it in opposition to people like David Cameron, but I know nothing about British politics.
If it's available in the library some day, I'll probably look into borrowing a copy.
this. though i'm not so interested in the premise. i read the inside over at the bookstore yesterday and it seems kind of blah. especially to be coming from well, her.
i'll read it all the same but i'm a little bit worried about how much i'll like it.