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The author of the hugely popular Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, recently released a new novel, “The Casual Vacancy,” that is exclusively for adults. Filled with rape, suicide and drug addiction, the book is far from the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

From the way the critics’ reviews read, she should just stick to writing children’s books and let E.L. James, author of the erotic “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, cater to the needs of a more mature audience.

Rowling’s use of language is descriptively graphic – not something her fans are accustomed to… except if you count adding the phrase “in bed” to the ending of every sentence in the Potter series.

Set in an English village, Rowling creates a mundane world of narcissistic highbrow folk with dark secrets much like Harry’s muggle aunt and uncle – Petunia and Vernon Dursley.

For someone who imagined thousands of pages filled with hippogriffs, centaurs and dementors, the lack of creativity in her current novel is disappointing. Just because the book doesn’t encapsulate magical creatures or enchanting spells, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be the least bit interesting.

The characters are underdeveloped, therefore, lack depth and emotional appeal to readers. Characters like Harry, Snape and Lord Voldemort are so complex and are hard to top as a writer searching for a new niche.

Although, Rowling has separated her writing from the wizarding world, there are some similar themes throughout the Potter seven part series and “The Casual Vacancy.” Entering adulthood and coming to terms with loss are still present in her story line.

Chin up J.K. Rowling… I guess they can’t all be billion dollar commercial successes.

–Maria Bonello, Fresh 102.7/NYC



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