J.K. Rowling Signs Publishing Contract for New, Adult-Targeted Book

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J.K. Rowling Signs Publishing Contract for New, Adult-Targeted Book

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Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has switched publishers to write about anything other than Harry Potter.

Once upon a time, there was a humble, first-time author who wrote a little series called Harry Potter. Perhaps you've even heard of it. Now, approximately fifteen years and a bajillion-zillion dollars later, she has publically announced her first new venture since finishing what eventually became the most famous seven-book series (that's "heptalogy" for the word nerds) ever written. J.K. Rowling is officially working with a new publisher on a book for a whole new audience: adults.

"Although I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world," Rowling said in a media release. "The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life."

Neither the title, nor the release date of this mysterious new book has been announced, but publisher Little, Brown has committed to launching it simultaneously in the U.S. and Britain when it's ready for publication. As for what this new book is about? Who knows. The only thing that seems certain at this point is that it won't be about Harry Potter, even as an adult. I guess that means we'll never get to see him grow old, get a real job, lose his hair, and complain about new-fangled technology until someone forces him into a retirement home. Oh well.

Source: LA Times

Image: JKRowling.com

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Glad to see she's still catering to her original fanbase.
Cause we're all grown up now to.

I have lost count of the amount of times I have seen people use 'Their kid's books' to defend the quality of Harry Potter. Let's hope she can actualy do better than mediocre this time because that excuse will not work this time.

Hairy Puta and the Whores of Babylon?

I don't know. Rowling isn't a great author; she's good - don't get me wrong - but I've yet to see the depth that will take her into the adult market. Most adults enjoy the teenage market for fluff, and specific authors for the hard-hitting material.

I think she could still do some great kidult books, but she's left it very late to re-build a fan base. Someone like Rachel Caine has 3 good series on the run, as have Jim Butcher and Laurell K Hamilton.

If I remember rightly, her non-Potter books have been widely avoided. Now, if she put her mind to detailing Hagrid's role, without Lucasizing it, that could be a money-spinner.

I guess time will tell if she can still achive fame without Harry Potter unlike George Lucas.

I don't need to know what it's about to say for certain that I'm going to buy it.

Excellent news. I'm really looking forward to seeing what else J.K. can do.

She's a bit of a Dan Brown, she's a good story teller but not neccesarily a wonderful writer. There's a subtle difference.

However, I was a very big fan of the books back in the day and I still am today. She's been a great inspiration to me and I hope she continues to be.

Kay? Well, her next series could be interesting, but I'd want to wait for a bit to get excited. At least find out the genere, you know?

Personally, I can't think of more underwhelming news.
That's not to say her new book won't necessarily make a profit - that's something one can count on with fans... they'll quite happily hand over the readies, regardless of quality.
Mass Effect 3 will probably be a case in point.

Zen Toombs:
Kay? Well, her next series could be interesting, but I'd want to wait for a bit to get excited. At least find out the genere, you know?

Well, this is completely unsubstantiated, but there are some rumors that it's a detective novel.

The only thing that seems certain at this point is that it won't be about Harry Potter, even as an adult.

...or even half as successful.

No offense towards Rowling: she caught lightning in a bottle, and there are far worse authors out there.

But my suspicion is that the next work is going to be a combination of a) the excesses of someone who has had it up to her ears with writing "kid-lit" and not being taken seriously, b) the excesses of someone whose books have been getting progressively longer without a similar expansion of plot, action or character to justify that length, and c) the terror of some poor editor at the new publisher who dares not lay a heavy hand on their new, famous author's work.

It will be grabbed by old fans, who will be disappointed, many of whom will turn to ze interwebs to vent their ire. Some professional critics will also be glad for a chance to lay the mighty low; others who never understood the appeal of the Potter books will vent spleen on the presumptuous childrens' author. The result will be an enormous drop in sales after the early weeks.

Hopefully the final result will have enough inherent worth to merit further, possibly more refined, writing, and develop a fanbase of its own.

This is my prediction, at any rate.

Like others have said, I don't hold too much hope for this. Being by the author of Harry Potter is going to completely overshadow whatever is in the book.

Fans will condemn it for being too much like HP and/or not close enough. Everyone will buy it because of the author, though.

OTOH, I'm glad it's not more Harry Potter. I was afraid she'd turn into Lucas and keep fiddlign with the golden goose, so to speak.

Yay for innovation.

Can't wait to see what she produces, man.

I relaly like Harry potter

also I think she's in a lucky position where she can write pretty much whatever she wants

sure, she will always have "harry potter" hanging over her, but still it doesnt matter

adults...book

*immature snicker*

*runs away*

Why can't she create a book with a bunch of stories such as the Tale's of Three Brothers" Seriously that short story was the shit. I think she did a great job creating a good fanciful world with mechanics worthy of a good children's book. Then some cracks were showing in the later books as the story tried to take a more serious and teenage audience tone. To some that's probably really negative but, overall I have not been very impressed with any literature aimed at teenagers written by anyone so nothing personal there.

If anything I feel bad for her with all the expectations. If I was her though I'd just write "The Poop that Took a Pee" and donate the money to charity. But that's assuming the opinion of someone on the internet was actually worth 2 cents.

Finally, less pottergasms perhaps?

Unfortunately, while I know what you mean by Adult, the term "Pornography" comes to mind every time I hear it... XD

Oh sweet. Is this book going to be set during Hermione's bi-curious phase?

s_h_a_d_o:
Personally, I can't think of more underwhelming news.
That's not to say her new book won't necessarily make a profit - that's something one can count on with fans... they'll quite happily hand over the readies, regardless of quality.
Mass Effect 3 will probably be a case in point.

Wow we really can't escape the hate can we?
Jesus Christ.

OT: I reckon this could be interesting, I have seen a few authors be completely unwilling to stray from their source material or universe, not to mention their established field of writing, I would like to see what happens when an author whose work I particularly enjoy tries her hand at something new, however I REALLY hope that her perception of an "adult targeted book" isn't simply "take each Daenerys chapter from the first Ice and Fire book and string them together"... because that would be bad... like, seriously BAD

Micalas:
Oh sweet. Is this book going to be set during Hermione's bi-curious phase?

There's already enough fanfiction of that to fill a whale.

I'm not really sure why I picked a whale to keep it in, but I feel that is where it belongs.

Gizmo1990:
I have lost count of the amount of times I have seen people use 'Their kid's books' to defend the quality of Harry Potter. Let's hope she can actualy do better than mediocre this time because that excuse will not work this time.

And the fact that they are actually kid's books doesn't click with you? Because they're kid's books. Kid books that adults can enjoy, but still books for children.

And hell, the best selling series of all time sort of means that she did something right

OT: Interesting. I honestly thought she was just gonna call it quits. Though it's pretty much guaranteed to sell by the gazillions, so why the fuck not?

The_root_of_all_evil:
kidult

Is that an actual term?

DVS BSTrD:
Glad to see she's still catering to her original fanbase.
Cause we're all grown up now to.

I really, really, hate when developers or authors start using this as an excuse to take a previous series or beloved material and turn it into an adult "sex and gore" route. Not that I expect her to do that, but I've seen it done so often, and people march out the "well, come on the fans are getting older, too" remark.

I'm actually trying to think of a good example, but I see I've apparently done a good job at trying to wipe them from my memory cause I can't come up with one off the top of my head.

I just know whenever I hear someone say "we want to acknowledge that our fan base has grown up", it makes me cringe and shudder with foreboding woes. It might've been Final Fantasy, or maybe it was Metroid, or something else.

Gods, you wanna forget something, but when you go to try and recall a name, it's on the tip of your tongue and it just drives you nuts.

I'm just glad to see she didn't "pull a Lucas" and whore out the Harry Potter series for more money. Say what you will about her ability as an author (which I say is pretty spectacular), the womans got dignity.

Plus, going after adults is smart seeing as her Harry Potter fans are all growed up now.

Never was a Harry Potter fan, but this has got me interested. Best of luck to her.

Inc Horny Potter XXX

well this is interesting, at least she's trying something new, I always found that her ability to tell a story was great but her ability to create characters was, let's say "lacking"

EDIT: I take it back she can create characters with the best of them, I meant to say "develop" characterisation is where I always thought she needed work

I'm surprised she had to switch publishers for this. ANY book by Rowling will be a highly-anticipated title, good or not. Who would want to give that up?

DVS BSTrD:
Glad to see she's still catering to her original fanbase.
Cause we're all grown up now to.

Psssh. Speak for yourself.

weirdguy:

Micalas:
Oh sweet. Is this book going to be set during Hermione's bi-curious phase?

There's already enough fanfiction of that to fill a whale.

I'm not really sure why I picked a whale to keep it in, but I feel that is where it belongs.

It's probably a sperm whale.

I don't read fanfiction and from what I read, J.K. Rowling doesn't like erotic Harry Potter fanfiction. This is official :P

CAPTCHA: oursago Ogleface. Sounds like a Harry Potter character

Yoshisummons:
Why can't she create a book with a bunch of stories such as the Tale's of Three Brothers" Seriously that short story was the shit.

She wrote The Tales of Beedle the Bard for charity; it has 5 stories in it that are like the Three Brothers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tales_of_Beedle_the_Bard

OT: Harry Potter was the Star Wars of our era; it was a good series that got blown into a huge cultural phenomenon, and I think people will love it for many years. The odds of that happening again are slim, but I still think she can pen a good 'adult' book, instead of just re-writing HP with more gore and sweater-kittens.

The only thing that seems certain at this point is that it won't be about Harry Potter, even as an adult. I guess that means we'll never get to see him grow old, get a real job, lose his hair, and complain about new-fangled technology until someone forces him into a retirement home. Oh well.

well thats what fanfiction is for. ;)

Ot; i look foward to this new book... i mean as long as it isn't a trashy romance or "realistic". Fantasy, for what it's worth, is where she made her money. And shying away from that now will read as a betrayal for many.

JoesshittyOs:

Gizmo1990:
I have lost count of the amount of times I have seen people use 'Their kid's books' to defend the quality of Harry Potter. Let's hope she can actualy do better than mediocre this time because that excuse will not work this time.

And the fact that they are actually kid's books doesn't click with you? Because they're kid's books. Kid books that adults can enjoy, but still books for children.

And hell, the best selling series of all time sort of means that she did something right

OT: Interesting. I honestly thought she was just gonna call it quits. Though it's pretty much guaranteed to sell by the gazillions, so why the fuck not?

And why does the fact that it is a kids book excuse bad writing? If you enjoy Harry Potter then fine. Good for you. I just never throught that it was anything special. As a story I did not think it was bad I just did not think it was all that good either. In terms of writing I throught it waa bad.

P.S
Ron is the single most irritating character in the history of fiction.

idarkphoenixi:
I'm just glad to see she didn't "pull a Lucas" and whore out the Harry Potter series for more money. Say what you will about her ability as an author (which I say is pretty spectacular), the womans got dignity.

Plus, going after adults is smart seeing as her Harry Potter fans are all growed up now.

Ironically I'm the other way.

I never cared for Star Wars beyond the originals, but I was rather smitten with the HP universe.

That and Foundation by Asimov, I'm sad that both series ended (though one was because the guy died after not doing it for ages). I can't accept the son's work as legitimate sequels :P.

Gizmo1990:

And why does the fact that it is a kids book excuse bad writing? If you enjoy Harry Potter then fine. Good for you. I just never throught that it was anything special. As a story I did not think it was bad I just did not think it was all that good either. In terms of writing I throught it waa bad.

P.S
Ron is the single most irritating character in the history of fiction.

I actually saw a study that concluded that the quality of writing is largely subjective unless you are literally talking about the accuracy of grammar and spelling.

In the latters case you would be arguing that all the world's most famous authors were shit, in the former case nobody cares if you didn't like something, it has no impact on anyone but you.

Likewise nobody cares if you liked other things either, it just so happens that people are more receptive to positive notions and will at least give the illusion of support for your feelings.

What ever it is will probably will be better then Twilight.

I know nothing about the book industry but I would assume whatever she does next will automatically sell huge because of people's inherent curiosity.

That said, there's basically no way she'll ever make something as popular as Potter again (even if she tried to). Perhaps she'll prove me wrong.

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