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J.K. Rowling Writes 'Casual Vacancy' for Adults: Can Rowling Cater to Older Generations?

mrosen814 2012/08/23 22:00:00
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J.K. Rowling, the creator of the infamous "Harry Potter" series, is now attempting to cater to adults in her new book titled "Casual Vacancy." The British author will find out if she's successful on Sept. 27, when more than two million hardcover copies of her first novel for adults hit U.S. bookstores, along with the digital edition.

The book will also be simultaneously released in the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Germany. Do you think J.K. Rowling will be able to gain a following from the adult crowd?

USATODAY.COM reports:
'Harry Potter' author's new book is a "completely different concern," in totally different book world.
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  • Kibbles 2012/08/28 18:45:10
    Yes
    Kibbles
    Dude I was like ten when I started reading, I'm now eighteen and legally an adult. I imagine the teenagers who read harry potter are now older than me and are in their twenties and also adults. Clever girl. My Question is why the poster labled Harry Potter infamous?
  • Mog of War 2012/08/28 16:37:45
    Yes
    Mog of War
    She already has. Have you SEEN the age of some of these Harry Potter fans? The survivors of the ORIGINAL fanbase of Lord of the Rings is in that fan base for cyin' out loud.
  • Sheled Umlal 2012/08/28 11:41:15
    Yes
    Sheled Umlal
    +1
    Harry Potter catered to ALL the generations. That's one of the many reasons why it was so successful.
  • Cal 2012/08/28 04:25:38
    Yes
    Cal
    +1
    Whether it's any good or not is irrelevant. Her fame is enough to propel this through bookstores.
  • PDenoli 2012/08/27 21:29:39
    Yes
    PDenoli
    +1
    I voted "yes" because "of course" wasn't an option.

    1. Plenty of "older generations" bought the book she wrote for kids, so there's that.
    2. In addition, she has huge name recognition and a massive publicity machine. That will also move books off the shelves.
    3. And clearly she can craft a story that holds readers' attention... so I'm sure she'll do fine.

    However, I think we all need to calm (the heck) down before we make the leap between her publishing success and the determination that her literary talent is on par with earnings. Otherwise, that sort of logic would suggest that Tom Cruise is the greatest actor the world has ever known. Even Xenu wouldn't buy that!
  • rereblue 2012/08/27 19:51:52
    Yes
    rereblue
    +1
    Most Harry Potter fans are adults or going to be an adult very soon. I think she can do it.
  • Transquesta 2012/08/27 16:50:24
    Yes
    Transquesta
    +4
    This is a woman who began her career as a welfare mum writing manuscripts on the backs of cocktail napkins. She became one of the world's preeminent authors literally overnight. I'm having trouble imagining anything she CAN'T do.
  • Ozymandias 2012/08/27 16:42:26
  • Jana~ una chica loca 2012/08/27 16:11:12
    Yes
    Jana~ una chica loca
    yeah, I mean all Potterheads r getting older, we need something to read :D
  • us 2012/08/27 03:50:00
    Yes
    us
    I read the harry potter books, and seen the movies, and bought all the dvds. I believe she will do great in her new book "Casual Vacancy".
  • greenticky 2012/08/26 22:19:32
    Yes
    greenticky
    +1
    But I would prefer if she continued with Harry Potter related work...I want some prequels!
  • Noobcake greenticky 2012/08/27 03:54:54
    Noobcake
    +1
    I'd give my first born child for a prequel.
  • ~head~first~fearless~ 2012/08/26 20:04:24
    Yes
    ~head~first~fearless~
    +1
    What do you mean "infamous"? Do you know what infamous means? It means your famous for a bad reason, like John Wilkes Booth in infamous for killing Lincoln. Harry Potter is famous, not infamous.
  • DP 2012/08/26 19:14:36
    Yes
    DP
    She will because she's already made a name for herself. She'll sell the copies, but it's a matter of do you like what's inside the book. I wouldn't count on getting amazing reviews just yet. Some people already have high standards set after Harry Potter.
  • Keegan The Fabulous 2012/08/26 18:20:35
    Yes
    Keegan The Fabulous
    A huge portion of her fan base is made of adults, and the first set of Harry Potter fans are either just about to become adults or already are adults.

    For example, when I was a toddler (I'm in my late teens right now), around the time the first Harry Potter books were just beginning to sell, my mother accidentally gave me a scar on my forehead that looked just like Harry's lightning bolt star and was also in the same place as Harry's scar in the books, and the high school kids would compare me to Harry. Those kids are probably now in their 30s and still love the books dearly.
  • Garland Bennett 2012/08/26 16:22:13
    Yes
    Garland Bennett
    Thanks to her tremendous success of the Harry Potter series, as well as her grown up fanbase, she's made quite the move in making an book for adults. Though it will be a bit more challenging for Mrs. Rowling since afterall, she has a large amount of expectation that she's catering to the adult audience who grew up reading her stuff and have massively enjoyed it as well. We shall see what is to come in late September and if J.K. Rowling still has it. It's not often that you'll catch lightening twice, that's for certain.
  • DebraDeJonge 2012/08/26 15:34:21
    Yes
    DebraDeJonge
    She seems to be a talented writer to begin with, so I think that she can make the transition. I thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter books and I will read Casual Vacancy.
  • whateverbabynevermind 2012/08/26 14:46:43
    Yes
    whateverbabynevermind
    +1
    While the plot of Harry Potter was aimed at the younger generation, the writing attracted many older readers as well. I'm just terribly excited to read the new chapter in her life.

    Also, what do you mean by 'infamous'? Harry Potter isn't famous for having a bad reputation.
  • elptrek P.H.A.E.T.'s wizard 2012/08/26 09:15:48
    Yes
    elptrek P.H.A.E.T.'s wizard
    +3
    A good author, which she is, can write for any age group. j k rowlings
  • krunchatize~me 2012/08/26 03:09:01
    Yes
    krunchatize~me
    +2
    She is obviously a good writer, good writers can write for any age group.
  • Lorelei Lee 2012/08/26 02:12:52
    Yes
    Lorelei Lee
    +3
    When her first book came out I was in 5th grade. I'm 23 now. Her original fan base are adults now. Its a good move.
  • Dan 2012/08/25 23:58:00
    Yes
    Dan
    I hope as well as she did with the younger set.
  • TikkiPurdy 2012/08/25 21:08:54
    Yes
    TikkiPurdy
    +1
    She's got everything it takes to be a good author all around. She'll be amazing with adult stuff.
  • R ~In Harry Potter I Trust~ 2012/08/25 19:09:28
    Yes
    R ~In Harry Potter I Trust~
    +2
    I don't think she could write 7 amazing books aimed at a slightly younger crowd and then write for an older crowd and the book be horrible. I can't wait to read it. :3 I love her! She has some awesome quotes too. awesome jk rowling quote
  • pottercrazy1436 2012/08/25 18:29:56
    Yes
    pottercrazy1436
    +1
    I have no doubt in my mind she can do it.
  • dandieselonian 2012/08/25 06:23:48
    Yes
    dandieselonian
    +1
    She already has the attention of adults to some degree with her Harry Potter books.
  • Pam 2012/08/25 03:49:43
    Yes
    Pam
    The lady isn't a great writer but she sure can spin a yarn. I'll read it, liked Potter enough.
  • darrell.mackenzie 2012/08/25 02:58:28
    Yes
    darrell.mackenzie
    +2
    i know parents that loved harry potter she has a mixed age of fans cutting out half no prob YOU GO GIRL
  • Stan Zebell 2012/08/25 02:39:21
    No
    Stan Zebell
    +1
    Point of contention...of those I know that took out theatrical frequent flyer mileage with the Harry Potter Series, most were my age or older (40s, 50s) going with their kids (sort of like the drooling mass of mothers at the Twilight showings). Can she cater to the "older generations?" Question is, are we discussing simple chronology or maturity when discussing generation?
  • Mog of War Stan Ze... 2012/08/28 16:39:59
    Mog of War
    +1
    If I voted No, it would be to contend that the oldest people in the world already read Harry Potter, so to get to older generations she'd have to raise the dead.
  • lmnlme10921 2012/08/24 23:39:33
    Yes
    lmnlme10921
    +1
    She already has an adult fan base. People of all ages love Harry Potter, and I think people will be very interested to see how her new book turns out. She's an amazing writer, and I'm sure her mind is full of many more stories.
  • Brian Griffin 2012/08/24 22:26:18
    Yes
    Brian Griffin
    +3
    If she can write about me she can write about older peoplle, You go girl!
  • firelooker 2012/08/24 21:07:17
    Yes
    firelooker
    +2
    Why not? I didn't realize Harry Potter was just for kids. A good author should be able to target any age group it may be difficult but can be done.
  • El Prez 2012/08/24 21:05:25
    Yes
    El Prez
    +2
    Why not? She is a good writer.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/08/24 19:40:52
    Yes
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +2
    SHE HOOKED HER ADULT READERS WHEN THEY WERE YOUNGER....
  • firelooker MOMMA T... 2012/08/24 21:08:25
    firelooker
    +2
    I liked Harry Potter and I was an adult when they first came out.
  • DebraDe... MOMMA T... 2012/08/26 15:35:36
    DebraDeJonge
    +1
    And also adult readers at the time! I was an adult when I read the Harry Potter books and thought that they were great! My daughter read them as well.
  • Pocahontas 2012/08/24 19:25:50
    Yes
    Pocahontas
    +1
    I'm sure she can, many adults are mad about Harry Potter anyway...
  • joewhite759 2012/08/24 17:51:22
  • PandahSixx 2012/08/24 17:33:10

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