To Read or Not To Read: The Casual Vacancy
Ah, the dilemma all us Potterheads face, to try The Casual Vacancy or not? Reviews are mixed, with one critic saying this book deserves a Booker, and another saying the book is “disappointing” and “dull.”
One thing is for sure, if you’re going to read TCV, you have to be ok with some F-bombs.
Check out reviews from around the web:
She did not become the world’s bestselling author by accident. She knows down in her bones how to make you keep turning the pages, no matter how old you are. And she is convincing. The dark vision at the heart of The Casual Vacancy may appall you, but it is not easily dismissed.
With its realistic, intense teenage characters, its obsession with hypocrisy and its progressive ideals, the book is a natural for sophisticated high school readers, and other connoisseurs of dark social satire.
More than 500 pages of relentless socialist manifesto masquerading as literature.
The Casual Vacancy is no masterpiece, but it’s not bad at all: intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny.
If these critics don’t sway you one way or the other, let J.K. do the job herself. In this video of her release day appearance in London, she reads an excerpt and discusses her inspiration and process:
Whether or not you decide to tackle The Casual Vacancy, this re-emergence of J.K. Rowling in the publicity tornado that accompanies any move she makes has us super nostalgic for Harry Potter books and movies of yesteryear.
We are tempted to behave like the Potterhead in this Onion article, and dress up in our Gryffindor quidditch uniforms for old times sake.
Look, it’s a book release, J.K. Rowling wrote the book, and I’ve got a Snape outfit. So I’m just going to go for it.
Instead, we’ll just watch the Harry Potter movie retrospective, Mischief Managed, smile wistfully, and probably just grudgingly go out and buy The Casual Vacancy anyway.