J.K. Rowling Moves Beyond Potter

I have a hard time watching Jim Carrey in a serious role — it just always seems like a subtle joke. Maybe I’ve never been able to see him as anyone other than Ace Ventura.  His mannerisms and acting style are so unique and, for lack of a better word, goofy, that I’m sure it is difficult for him to land roles in serious movies.

But some actors have succeeded in breaking out of their comfort zones.  So why not authors?  J.K. Rowling, author of the earth-shattering Harry Potter series, announced today that she would be breaking on through to the world of adult books via publisher Little Brown.  No, not that kind of book!  Just books that won’t be found in the “youth” section of the bookstore.  Although its hard to believe, her last Potter book was released back in 2007.

Rowling is saying that her new novel will be “very different” from the Harry Potter series.  I’m not sure what an author does to accomplish this transition.  In my non-author-like mind I’m picturing bigger words, more complex sentences, difficult plots and characters, darker themes.  Actually, if it’s going to be very different, maybe she’s writing about puppies and butterflies this time.

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