I am guessing pretty much all of you out there whether you read or not, whether you are die hard fans of Harry Potter or not will have heard that J.K. Rowling released a new book last Thursday. The last book she wrote was ”The Tales of Beedle the Bard” which was a supplement to the worldwide famous Harry Potter series and was released in 2008. Indeed it has been whole four years since Ms Rowling finished releasing what is now known as the fastest-selling books in history.
What were you first thoughts when you heard about the new book? Are you going to purchase it? Maybe you’ve already done it?
Or are you like some of the other Hogworts fanatics who aren’t gonna read it ”because it will ruin the Magic” and may disappoint you and of course then you would never be able to see you favourite beloved author the same.
This is the question I think many people including my Hogwarts loving housemates asked themselves when the book hit the shelves on Thursday.
Despite this 2million copies have already been printed in USA alone and it is very quickly flying of the shelves. The are very many mixed reviews online. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, there is nothing worse than reading a spoiler when you are genuinely excited about a book, but ill give you a bit of an insight of what some professional critics are saying.
A reviewer Sheryl Connolly states ‘Most of the language she uses to describe the naughty surfing is so dirty that we can’t repeat it…’ and some press reminding fans have said that ’This. Is. Not. A. Children’s. Book.’ One of the fans on the official book facebook page (which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/TheCasualVacancyOfficial) commented ‘I just finished, and Tears are still rolling down my cheeks. This novel shines a light onto a world that is not often enough considered.’ However this book has gone alot further than just mixed reviews.
It has created somewhat of an international scandal as this novel is currently facing a ban in India over the description of a female Sigh character called Sukhvinder who gets teased about her looks and described by her bullies as a ”mustachioed yet large-mammaried”. It is against the Sigh fate for women to shave and many people have been complaining about the ‘provocative language’ which the author uses. Watch this space on google and/or newspapers as I am sure it will be appearing there soon…
I can openly admit I have personally never finished reading any of Rowling’s books. I am not sure why as I have been a bit of a library worm ever since I learned how to read. But in my personal opinion I’d say give the book a chance surely an author that has managed to leave an enormous impact in modern literature deserves so much of a chance despite what all the critics say.
I know I will definetely read it and then probably finally give Harry Potter a chance because I always secretly wanted to be a …