J.K. Rowling Signs A Deal To Write A New Novel... For Adults

New J.K. Rowling Novel... For Adults

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J.K. Rowling is ditching the kid stuff--her next novel will be for adults. 

And she's doing it with a new publisher. Little, Brown Book Group and Little, Brown and Company will be publishing her next book. No details on title or publication date, but the book will be released in print and eBook formats (as opposed to the Harry Potter books, which still don't have a digital release--waiting on Pottermore for that). 

In a statement, Rowling said: 

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. 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.

I'm curious about the circumstances of Rowling's move to Little, Brown. Maybe they offered her a better deal... but the woman is a multi-billionaire, and once you hit that tier, I would imagine numbers don't mean as much as editorial support and personal relationships. I also wonder if there's some hurt feelings--the Harry Potter books were published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the US. Both publishers earned boatloads of money off Rowling's work, and I'm sure they wouldn't have been opposed to more boatloads.

I love the Harry Potter books. I really do. The writing can be a little clunky, but I think Rowling is unmatched at world-building and plotting (as long as you don't count the extended camping trip in the seventh book). And the way she used adult themes in the context of a novel that's ostensibly for children was pretty amazing. So I'm very interested to see what she brings to this next book. And also what she means by "for adults." Will it be R-rated, or just PG-13? Because kids are going to pick it up no matter the subject matter. And I can't see her putting out some Bret Easton Ellis-style narrative. 

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Jason Stuart's picture
Jason Stuart February 23, 2012 - 8:50am

I'll give it a shot. 

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Keith from Phoenix, AZ is reading Growing Up Dead in Texas by Stephen Graham Jones February 23, 2012 - 8:59am

From grumbles I've heard, Ian Rankin has had a direct influnence on Rowling, so I'm expecting a crime novel when it's released, and chances are it will be "R" rated.

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C. Glen Williams from Blacksburg, VA (currently); Monterey, CA (born) is reading Live and Let Die, by Ian Fleming February 23, 2012 - 9:10am

I'm willing to give it a read. If she started writing it with an adult audience in mind, it makes sense not to go with Scholastic on the U.S. front — Scholastic is primarily a publisher for children and young adults. And I'm not as familiar with Bloomsbury, but from what I understand it's in the same vein as Scholastic. Little, Brown is a much better fit for approaching her new market. 

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Samuel Pérez García from Puerto Rico is reading The Dark Elf Trilogy; A Game of Thrones February 23, 2012 - 9:22am

Rowling is pretty good, but "unmatched at world building"? Nah.

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JonnyGibbings February 23, 2012 - 9:40am

I hope she does it with a link to Harry Potter. As if Harry was real, but fucked up on second hand acid. He's 38 years old and the Howarts was just the school where he worked was as the janitor, the whole wizzard thing was a bad result of bottom shelf vodka and acid. He imagined his wand, it was actually his cock, and he got arrested while pressing it agaist a bus window "Ahhh... Expelliarmus.... urgh... Smellyarsemess"

I bet it will be good in truth, she's got skills. I never got Harry Potter. He's a wizzard, but cant fix his own eyesight. Or even find a spell to fix his glasses? And his ginger mate got the girl. As for me, The girl Humnihumni or what ever she was called was only hot in the first one.

Yes, I will read it. (yes I am drunk while writing this, and will probably regret the 'was only hot in the first one gag'

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GuidScotsTongue March 1, 2012 - 5:43pm

I maintain that the entire Harry Potter series, and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and probably even A.A.Milne's (but not Disney's) Winnie the Pooh, are as worthy of adult reading as the Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's "Alice" books.

The interesting thing to me is that I suspect Mark Twain, who could be a severe critic, would have liked Harry Potter more than the Lord of the Rings. Twain and Rowling are relentlessly anti-aristocratic.