Will J.K. Rowling Find Success Beyond 'Harry Potter'?

News 2012/09/22 19:03:52
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Best-selling author J.K. Rowling will forever be synonymous with Harry Potter. Rowling's most famous series of books and characters has made her a multi-millionaire, entrepreneur, and an inspiration to anyone that knows her rags to riches story. After seven Harry Potter books, eight movies, and countless merchandise, Rowling is ready to take the next step in her career.

That next step comes in the form of Rowling's upcoming adult novel titled "The Casual Vacancy." While Rowling had enormous success with Harry Potter in a number of demographics, this will be the first book she will be releasing for a specific age group. According to Rowling, it will be a completely different book from the Potter series, in a whole other world. No Muggles and Wizards in her newest read, kids.

Two million copies of "The Casual Vacancy" will be shipped to U.S. bookstores on September 27. It will also be simultaneously released digitally and in hardcover in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Even if Rowling's newest read is a well-written masterpiece, it may be nearly impossible to match the success of Potter. But that doesn't mean "The Casual Vacancy" won't be successful at all.

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  • anne.k.murphy 2012/09/22 20:32:59
    Considering her new book is already #7 on Amazon's bestselling list, and it hasn't even been released yet... I should think she'll find success!

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  • Rocko Osk 2012/09/23 18:24:01
    ya well not a fan at all so dont care what she does (sry not trying to be rude)
    and beside i dont think she can write anything but fantasy
  • novelis... Rocko 2012/10/08 20:31:38
    Just because that's all she wrote before doesn't mean she can't do anything else. Before she even considered the idea for Harry Potter, she wrote short stories. She may have made small mysteries. Her success won't be based off her monetary gain, but her love of writing, and to please not only their fans, but their passion for written art. She has definitely written some art. It's about the way she crafts her words, not the category the story is in.
  • Rocko novelis... 2012/10/08 22:44:21
    fair enough
  • william.turner 2012/09/23 15:17:43
    I quit carring about her right after she said Dumbledore was gay. There was no reason for this at all. She just wanted to keep the press going about her books that were starting to trail off.
  • Merry william... 2012/09/23 22:16:42 (edited)
    Dumbledore having been in love with Grindelwald didn't seem like like that much of a stretch to me. He was the only person who was on par with Dumbledore as far as intelligence and talent goes, so it's fair that he would've been taken with him. But as Rowling said, "He lost his moral compass completely when he fell in love, and I think subsequently became very mistrustful of his own judgement in those matters so became quite asexual. He led a celibate and a bookish life."
  • novelis... william... 2012/09/25 23:05:53
    I think the only reason she said it was because people kept asking. I saw the news stories they ask said she FINALLY admitted it.
  • Jana~ una chica loca 2012/09/23 14:57:07
    Jana~ una chica loca
    She's a great writee
  • Yes
    Jersey Roze ♥Jwon's Cyar'ika ♥
    I think her new book will be successful, but she won't match the success of the Harry Potter franchise....
  • phil 2012/09/23 14:37:16
    In time.
  • Fred Weasley (bless his soul) 2012/09/23 14:30:17
    Fred Weasley (bless his soul)
    J.K Rowling is such a great author that she can make good work out of anything. When I read the Harry Potter series, I found it hard to believe someone thought of it all, since it's so imaginative and creative.
  • Sue MacDonald Kyak 2012/09/23 13:13:56
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    I think she will but it doesn't matter, she's set for life anyway.
  • lovemykiddos 2012/09/23 12:58:30
    It's really hard to catch lightning in a bottle once let alone twice.
  • Nekosarethebest 2012/09/23 12:52:20
    In the bottom picture, she looks gorgeous! I'm surprised.
  • Emma 2012/09/23 12:14:01
    Yes,of course. And I'm not saying this only just because I'm an avid Harry Potter fan.
    She has already shown us that she can write well through the Potter books.
    I wish her all the best for her career.
  • michael 2012/09/23 12:07:11
    Of course she's quite talented and will be very successful. I'm just glad she didn't write too many Harry potter books to try and get as much as possible out of it. She wrote seven and never swayed. Kept the genuine nature of the series alive. She's a brilliant writer and il always find myself reading a book of hers.
  • Ameera 2012/09/23 11:25:01
    she doesnt need it though, her books will sell for years
  • Stiffy 2012/09/23 10:31:24
    Inshallah she'll write another blockbuster hit :D
  • David (oYo) 2012/09/23 10:30:52
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  • TeardropsOfBlood4The1iiLove♥ 2012/09/23 10:30:44 (edited)
    I dunno. She made a fortune from Harry Potter.
  • Stiffy Teardro... 2012/09/23 10:33:19
    Why not?
  • Teardro... Stiffy 2012/09/23 10:38:40
    She'll always be famous for writing harry potter i just dont think she'll find as much success in any other book she writes. Yeah people will read i and like it and it will popular but nowhere near as popular harry potter.
  • supercar55 2012/09/23 10:30:29
  • darthtbone 2012/09/23 10:30:28
    Will she write books that will sell? Sure. Will she match what she did with Harry Potter? Not even close.
  • Osk darthtbone 2012/09/23 16:27:40
    can't proof that
  • darthtbone Osk 2012/09/23 18:06:56
    Thanks Captain Obvious, I don't have a crystal ball. Based on experience though, George Lucas was not able to meet or exceed the success of Star Wars.

    Ditto for:

    Tolkein & The Lord of the Rings
    CS Lewis & Narnia
    Roddenberry & Star Trek
  • Random 2012/09/23 10:14:33
    She hooked readers before, she'll do it again.
  • Wyveryx 2012/09/23 09:42:18
    She's made her Vocation her Vacation :)
  • firozali a mulla 2012/09/23 09:17:43
    firozali a mulla
    All have their times we have to give the way to other sig we want to survive I thank you Firozali A Mulla
  • thetacat 2012/09/23 08:50:28
    She's a very talented writer. Harry Potter proved that. Besides, all the people wo grew up with Harry Potter as the books came out would be about eighteen now, so will be clambering the shelves of Waterstones to get at her new adult novel.
  • BlackwinterG36C 2012/09/23 08:31:27 (edited)
    She's a one trick pony and stole the Idea of Harry Potter from the "The Worst Witch" and "Troll".

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  • Random Blackwi... 2012/09/23 10:21:47 (edited)
    Perhaps, but originality is kind of rare in most works these days anyway. All authors get ideas from other ideas and build from them.
    Wizards and witches have been done to death in all mediums, in all sorts of situations. I don't think it's fair to call JKR a plagiarist unless she has copied these works word for word. Because most, if not all, authors are influenced by other authors and you can see it in their works.
    Hell, the Lion King is just Hamlet with animals, Romeo and Juliette can be found in thousands of books with forbidden love in them and many more.
    If JKR did copy these works word for word without a single change or extremely minimal change, fair enough, she's a cheat.
  • Saga 2012/09/23 07:46:19
    Of course she will. A lot of people will read her new stuff because of HP. :3
  • ♥Gabs1697♥ 2012/09/23 07:41:48
    Not as much as she did for 'Harry Potter'
  • SimianSays 2012/09/23 07:15:28
    But does she need to?
  • Stiffy SimianSays 2012/09/23 10:39:42
    Imagine that this new book turns out better than HP! And i know it's a bit hard to imagine, but just imagine that somehow this book sky-rockets into something brilliantly amazing, wouldn't you thank God that J.K. had the will to write it?
    As long as a person can give something positive back to the world, it's never a bad thing. And i don't think she's doing it for the money, she's a writer. She's been writing since the late 90s, it's probably in her blood now. :)
    I personally hope she never stops writing :D
  • SimianSays Stiffy 2012/09/23 12:11:42
    Okay. I read all the HP books and I enjoyed them. I read them all a second time and felt no less satisfied. But I've read other books that were far more lasting in their impact and didn't require a second read and still sit firmly in my mind's eye. Whereas, HP does not, though they are good books.
    Giving something positive back to the world is wonderful. Writing fictional stories that engage people's imagination without a purpose does not seem like giving back to the world. Not really. It's something, but it's not that.
  • Stiffy SimianSays 2012/10/02 18:58:41
    But she didn't engage our imagination without a purpose. There are alot of things that i learned from HP.and even though i didn't read all the books i did watch the movies, since i was in 3rd grade or something. You have an interesting point of view, but i don't agree with it. And i absoluteoy do nit think it was purposeless (if there's such word).

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