Friday, February 8, 2013
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Rowlings adult's novel is truly that ... for adults. She moves from creating a brilliant world for readers of all ages to writing about very mature themes, including sex and drugs. Her cast of characters is long, but well developed. The writing kept me hooked enough to continue turning the pages. However, my mind kept wandering back to Harry Potter and I found myself wondering if Rowling wrote such an extreme story to simply just break away from her previous work. It often was difficult for me to believe that this Rowling and the Rowling behind the famous boy wizard was one and the same.
In the end, I found I enjoyed the story overall because the ending sadly redeemed itself for the weaknesses that came before it. The Casual Vacancy will not be making any favorites lists, unfortunately. I prefer Rowling's fantasy worlds much more than her realistic ones, and I hope to see her return to writing more of what made her a household name to begin with.
Have you read The Casual Vacancy yet? What did you think?
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I keep putting off reading this book, mainly because it doesn't seem to get the glowing reviews that Harry Potter did. Maybe I'll pass and see what she does next.ReplyDelete
Mark Baker ... I hear that she is returning to at least a young adult or middle grade novel. I will be curious where she goes with it!Delete
My husband read this when it was first published and thought it was wonderful. I agree that I think she had to write this story in an effort to prove to herself that she could tackle the more adult subjects. I suspect that future novels will be more along the lines of what made her so popular in the first place.ReplyDelete
Michelle Shannon ... I'm glad to hear that your husband thought it was wonderful! It had to grow on me! I am definitely curious what will be coming next. Either way, I will very likely read it!! :)Delete
Don't think I'll read this one as I know I'd probably keep comparing it to HP, but enjoyed your review! I think she may have written this just to prove she could write adult fiction, but hope she goes back to fantasy soon!ReplyDelete
Alexia561 ... This is exactly what I did and it definitely clouded my judgment of the book!!Delete
I got this one from the library but it sat here for a month and then I had to return it. I just couldn't muster enough excitement about it to pick it up. I'll probably read it one day but for now I'll spend my time reading HP with Z. :)ReplyDelete
Kristen M. ... Let's be honest, HP is really, really hard to live up to!! I can't wait to get back to reading it with my son (we are still in the middle of The Hobbit)!Delete