Here is a brilliant career move: Write one of the most addictive, beloved series of all-time over the course of, say, 18 years, and then, when your devoted audience is finally all grown up, come out with an adult novel. The result is a guaranteed win. And while J.K. Rowling's newest book isn't exactly in Fifty Shades Of Grey-territory, the once-YA author is definitely experimenting with a little adult content in her new book, The Casual Vacancy, which hits shelves (and our e-readers) tomorrow.
Sex, apparently, is on the writer's mind, as are class warfare, local elections, and the issues of teendom. Speaking to The New Yorker, Rowling talked about the freedom she is experiencing, writing about something that doesn't have the pressure and history of Harry Potter. And also, being able to really stretch her creative legs. “I had a lot of real-world material in me, believe you me,” Rowling said. “The thing about fantasy — there are certain things you just don’t do in fantasy. You don’t have sex near unicorns. It’s an ironclad rule. It’s tacky.” Well, sure. That said, she continues from there to make clear that it wasn't exactly sex she wanted to write about: It was the mundane world of being
a muggle an adult.
However, on a note of holy-crap-could-this-be-real?, Potter fans need not despair that the gateway to Hogwarts is irreversibly closed. In fact, being the vigilant perfectionist that she is, Rowling mentioned to the BBC that she isn't ruling out a director's cut of the famed series (she lamented to The New Yorker over the overstuffed nature of Order Of The Phoenix).
When it came to leaving her beloved characters behind, the writer is firm: "I have always left the door ajar because I'm not that cruel. If I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world, because I loved writing it, I would do it. But I've got to have a great idea, I don't want to go mechanically into that world and pick up odds and ends and glue them together and say 'here we go, we can sell this'. It would make a mockery of what those books were to me. They really kept me going through some very rough times.... So, I just don't want to betray them in that sense."
But, this is still the author who had her diehard readers hunting for Horcruxes over the course of hundreds of pages. So, of course, she added, "You know what, if I did have a great idea for something else, I probably would do it. I'm very averse to the prequel/sequel idea." She then said, "A sidestep. Well...we'll see." (BBC, The New Yorker)
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