JK Rowling, in a new interview promoting her new book for adults ‘The Casual Vacancy’, talks about how ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has overtaken Harry Potter as one of the fastest selling books of all time. She jokes, ''Think how many books I could have sold if Harry had been more creative with his wand.”
The Casual Vacancy is getting strong early buzz for its dark and uncompromising tone, which as readers know, is very different from the Harry Potter series. Rowling refers to this book as a comedy tragedy, saying, ''I am choosing here to write about some quite contentious subjects … I'm dealing with issues that people have very strong views about.''
When comparing her life to a fairytale, which many people actually do, she mentions that if it was a fairytale, it was one written by the Grimm brothers. Once a poor, struggling single mother living on welfare, Rowling says she will never take her fame and fortune for granted, saying, ''I can only tell the truth and the truth is that to the day I die I will not see myself the way many people see me now,'' she says. ''Inside, I know I'm so grateful for what happened financially. But I'll never be used to it. I'll never take it for granted. And some part of me finds it quite hard to accept.''
She adds a quote from a famous British comedic writer, saying, “Unseen in the background, Fate was quietly slipping lead into the boxing glove.'” No doubt, it will be interesting to see whether he novel succeeds in the massive shadow left by the Harry Potter series.