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Old July 4 2012, 12:17 PM   #31
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Re: Details for J. K. Rowling's next novel

Major is often underrated as PM. No coinicidence that Blair inherited the healthiest economy of any post war PM--contrast that with when Labour left power and Liam Byrne left his amusing little "There's no money left" note.
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Old July 4 2012, 12:36 PM   #32
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They are Tories.

It's not really baffling at all.
It's baffling because the people who got it right in 93/94 were also Tories, and you'd think that the party (any party, in non-consecutive terms) would have kept records or something: "in recession, do *this* to get out of it."
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Old September 27 2012, 02:10 PM   #33
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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blog...RQFlMA7a_QtDMD

This is a news article about how Rowling's daughter helped her out with writing modern teenage slang. It includes this quote:
"I remember the first time I heard a teenager say 'LOL.' Just what? But it means 'laugh.' Why don't you just laugh? What are you doing?" Rowling says.
To which I want to say: Wait, are kids nowadays actually saying things like "LOL" out loud? Has texting and Twitter influenced them to the point that they are actually speaking internet abbreviations? Huh.
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Old September 27 2012, 03:54 PM   #34
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Just read a short review of it.. it was good but kinda lukewarm.

It's a social commentary and as far from Potter as possible. Don't plan to read it but i guess her name alone will let it sell well no matter the quality (and as someone here said earlier i think quite a few critics are just itching to bury her alive.. something they couldn't do during Potter as it would sunk them rather than Rowling).

Good for her to branch out and refuse to be cornered by the Potter universe.. she could churn out books set in the universe until her dying days and they would all be successes financially but she's not a struggling writer anymore so money is not an issue.

I hope she succeeds and provides good stories in the future.. the current book is not appealing to me from the sound of it but maybe there will be others i'd like to read.
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Old September 27 2012, 06:59 PM   #35
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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blog...RQFlMA7a_QtDMD

This is a news article about how Rowling's daughter helped her out with writing modern teenage slang. It includes this quote:
"I remember the first time I heard a teenager say 'LOL.' Just what? But it means 'laugh.' Why don't you just laugh? What are you doing?" Rowling says.
To which I want to say: Wait, are kids nowadays actually saying things like "LOL" out loud? Has texting and Twitter influenced them to the point that they are actually speaking internet abbreviations? Huh.
Sadly, yes. One of my housemates at uni used to use internet abbreviations offline including "OMG, STFU (which he pronounced stufoo) and LOL".
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Old September 28 2012, 03:01 PM   #36
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I've got my copy, though I've only just started it.
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Old September 28 2012, 04:17 PM   #37
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It sounds like kind of a hodgepodge of themes, all adult in nature, as if she's jumping up and down shouting "look, I can write for adults too!"
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Old September 28 2012, 04:49 PM   #38
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Well she isn't a very good writer. I think trying to put adult themes in her work would be an attempt at seeking validation.
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Old October 2 2012, 12:19 AM   #39
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Wegman's, the local northeastern super-grocery, has copies of her new book displayed all over the store. I wonder how many casual shoppers will see her name and think "oh, a new Harry Potter book...I should pick that up for the kids."
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Old October 2 2012, 01:20 AM   #40
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Wegman's, the local northeastern super-grocery, has copies of her new book displayed all over the store. I wonder how many casual shoppers will see her name and think "oh, a new Harry Potter book...I should pick that up for the kids."
They'd have to be pretty damn stupid to do so, what with the words "Harry Potter and the..." not being in the title.
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Old October 2 2012, 02:19 AM   #41
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It sounds like kind of a hodgepodge of themes, all adult in nature, as if she's jumping up and down shouting "look, I can write for adults too!"
I'm about three-quarters through, and I don't see that. It's going a pretty clear thematic point. Principally, documenting the minutae of middle class discontent and hypocrisy (which was something she also did in Harry Potter, albeit with considerably more whimsy), and criticizing the austerity regime of the current British government and the class attitudes behind it (which she's done openly before, as in the last British general election).
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Old October 2 2012, 02:23 AM   #42
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Some people are, in fact, "pretty damn stupid."

Of course I was being a bit facetious there. However, authors are often thought of as a "brand": Stephen King is horror, John Grisham is legal thrillers, Louis L'Amour is westerns.

Since Rowling doesn't have a "brand" beyond kids' books it wouldn't be surprising to have people automatically assume this book is for kids as well.
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Old October 2 2012, 11:50 PM   #43
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Well she isn't a very good writer. I think trying to put adult themes in her work would be an attempt at seeking validation.
This is the second time I've noticed you proclaiming that Rowling isn't a good writer. Would you care to enlighten us as to why you think that?
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Old October 3 2012, 12:22 AM   #44
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I finished it last night. That's some pretty bleak stuff.
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Old October 3 2012, 12:37 AM   #45
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^ That was my impression from others. I'm not going to bother reading it. I don't need bleak.
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