Every other Thursday here at the Broke & The Bookish is going to be A Cocktail & Conversation time. We'll pose a question to 2-3 members of TB&TB crew about books, life, music, etc and then they'll answer and we can converse about it. So grab a cocktail & cozy up for some conversation. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, friends.
This week: Let's talk about The Casual Vacancy! Do you plan on reading it? How do you think Potter fans are going to receive it?
Tahleen says: I certainly do plan on reading it. I grew up with Harry Potter, and though I know it will be extremely different from the fantasy series, I can't imagine it will be bad. What I'm nervous about is that I will be let down by it, but I'll just have to wait and see. I'm around number 100 on the library wait list at this point, which is honestly pretty good, so I'm hoping I'll get it in a month or two.
Lori says: I think I want to read it. I saw someone say that they wanted to read it before they heard too much about it from critics. I would have to agree--I would want to read it before the critics got to it. Like Tahleen, I am worried that I might be let down by it. Of course it won't be Harry Potter, but I think Rowling deserves the chance to be more than just Harry Potter. I guess, bottom line, I'm on the fence about it...but I will probably read it at some point.
Daisy says: I'm not fully convinced yet, I mean I LOVED Harry Potter and like Tahleen, I grew up with the books. BUT to me the premise of The Casual Vacancy doesn't sound all that exciting... I think I'll wait for it to be released in paperback, cause it's a lot of money to shelve out on something I'm not really sure of. But maybe it'll turn out to be amazing and I'll end up wishing I'd read it sooner. I can't imagine it'll be bad either, it just doesn't sound like my kind of book.
What about you, dearest readers? Are you wanting to read it? Do you have any reservations about it? Do you think it's going to be judged harshly because of Harry Potter's success?