The Harry Potter author's first foray into serious fiction for grown-ups sold 124,603 copies in its first week, about one twentieth of the amount sold in the first week by her last Harry Potter novel.
The Casual Vacancy has gotten mixed reviews from critics, but the serious adult fiction consuming public thought more highly of it, as readers purchased 124,603 copies in the book's first week, placing it at the top of the best sellers chart. Unfortunately, the serious adult fiction consuming public consists of approximately the population of Peoria, Illinois, which is a bit of a letdown when you're used to your enormously successful Harry Potter books moving 2.5 million copies in the opening weeks. So, despite the fact that The Casual Vacancy outsold the second most popular serious fiction book of last week, Bernard Cornwell’s 1356, Rowling is reportedly feeling a little bit underwhelmed.
Luckily, the plucky author has a positive outlook. "I'm still going to continue writing serious fiction books for adults," she said in a seriously fictional statement. "I'm just going to change up the formula a bit. My next serious fiction book for adults will be set in the Wizarding universe and will take place at Hogwart's School for Witchcraft and Wizardry."
Asked whether that might actually be more like her previous children's fantasy books, Rowling was undeterred. "The characters will probably say 'cunt' a lot, won't they?" she explained. Rowling went on to point out that since the average American reader reads at a seventh grade level, all of her Harry Potter books technically qualify as books for adults, which brings a tremendous sense of validation and relief to millions of grown men and women who still obsess about them today.
On another note, this reporter is going to have to cut this article short so I can head over to Mugglenet and finish a debate I'm having about whether or not Luna Lovegood should have ended up with Neville Longbottom (they were made for each other, dammit!!!).
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