Religious Group Blames The Da Vinci Code For 'Defamatory' Bbc Portrayal

Religious group Opus Dei has slammed the depiction of the controversial Catholic organisation in a new BBC TV drama series, blaming DAN BROWN's blockbuster novel THE DA VINCI CODE for inspiring the "defamatory" portrayal. Opus Dei, which was formed in Madrid in 1928 by now canonised priest JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA De BALAGUER, objects to two episodes of the British TV crime series WAKING THE DEAD, screened in the UK on Saturday (20JAN07) and Sunday (21JAN07), which shows members of the religious organisation embroiled in a gruesome double murder. The Da Vinci Code also portrayed the organisation in a negative light - as a power-hungry group determined to cover up the truth about Christ's bloodline. The organisation claims the episodes of Waking The Dead break the BBC's editorial guideline to "ensure the religious views and beliefs of an individual, a religion or religious denomination are not misrepresented." Their statement reads: "The three characters portrayed as members are self-serving hypocrites whose main reason for belonging to Opus Dei is depicted as being their wealth. This portrayal is lifted from The Da Vinci Code, a book and film which claimed - against all evidence - to be based on fact." A BBC spokeswoman says the broadcaster has yet to receive an official complaint from Opus Dei.


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'50 Shades' Author E.L James Rakes It In As Forbes' Richest Author 3812860 News

They say sex sells, and now author EL James can attest, as the Fifty Shades of Grey creator perches on top of Forbes' author rich list. Amazingly, on the back of her raunchy trilogy alone, James has made more money than any other author in the past year, having earned $95m (£61.5m) from sales of her erotic fiction trilogy and the purchase of the film rights for $5 million (£3.2m).

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EL James Is Exceedingly Rich.

What started out as Twilight fan fiction has seen the author's work rocket past Twilight author Stephenie Meyers (who didn't even make this year's top 15) in the last year's earnings to take the top spot on the business magazine's list. Her books sold faster than any other novel in history, with 70 million shifted in the first eight months of release in the USA and at its peak, the trilogy was earning her more than $1 million (£650,000) per week. The success of the 50 Shades trilogy was fostered by the ebooks market that enabled people to read her book in public places without feeling embarrassed to be seen reading such steamy fiction.

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James Patterson, crime author of the Alex Cross books, took second place this year with $91 million (£58.8m) earned whilst The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins took third place having netted $55 million (£35.6m) as result of her popular teen fiction and ongoing film deal. The Da Vinci Code's Dan Brown still clings on to the top ten, coming in at the ninth position above Stephen King. A "mere" $2 million (£1.3m) divides the two male authors who are ranked amongst this year's wealthiest writers.

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James Patterson Needn't Lament His Second Position: His Book Have Sold 270 Million Copies!

EL James, a former TV executive known to her friends as Erika Leonard, was known as 'Snowqueens Icedragon' when she contributed fan fiction to internet forums and has described the decision to turn her fantasies into a novel as "a mid-life crisis."

She has faced criticism for her less-than-polished style of writing and laboured description but this hasn't stopped her tale of a subservient student sex slave and a billionaire business boss being brought to life by director Sam Taylor-Johnson in a film due for release in summer 2014.

They say sex sells, and now author EL James can attest, as the Fifty Shades of Grey creator perches on top of Forbes' author rich list. Amazingly, on the back of her raunchy trilogy alone, James has made more money than any other author in the past year, having earned $95m (£61.5m) from sales of her erotic fiction trilogy and the purchase of the film rights for $5 million (£3.2m).

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EL James Is Exceedingly Rich.

What started out as Twilight fan fiction has seen the author's work rocket past Twilight author Stephenie Meyers (who didn't even make this year's top 15) in the last year's earnings to take the top spot on the business magazine's list. Her books sold faster than any other novel in history, with 70 million shifted in the first eight months of release in the USA and at its peak, the trilogy was earning her more than $1 million (£650,000) per week. The success of the 50 Shades trilogy was fostered by the ebooks market that enabled people to read her book in public places without feeling embarrassed to be seen reading such steamy fiction.

EL James
The Author Serves As Inspiration To Others Who Write Fan Fiction.

James Patterson, crime author of the Alex Cross books, took second place this year with $91 million (£58.8m) earned whilst The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins took third place having netted $55 million (£35.6m) as result of her popular teen fiction and ongoing film deal. The Da Vinci Code's Dan Brown still clings on to the top ten, coming in at the ninth position above Stephen King. A "mere" $2 million (£1.3m) divides the two male authors who are ranked amongst this year's wealthiest writers.

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James Patterson Needn't Lament His Second Position: His Book Have Sold 270 Million Copies!

EL James, a former TV executive known to her friends as Erika Leonard, was known as 'Snowqueens Icedragon' when she contributed fan fiction to internet forums and has described the decision to turn her fantasies into a novel as "a mid-life crisis."

She has faced criticism for her less-than-polished style of writing and laboured description but this hasn't stopped her tale of a subservient student sex slave and a billionaire business boss being brought to life by director Sam Taylor-Johnson in a film due for release in summer 2014.

13th August 2013
Tom Hanks Set To Complete Dan Brown Trilogy With 'Inferno' 3766973 News

Having starred in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Tom Hanks will complete the trilogy of Robert Langdon movies when he stars as the inquisitive Harvard University symbolist in Inferno, set for release on December 18th 2015. The Hollywood Reporter had the date.

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Despite a poor critical response for both of the previous Dan Brown-novel movies – The Da Vinci Code managed 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, while Angels & Demons only marginally improved on that with 37% - they have fared well at the box office, grabbing over $1.2b from conspiracy-hungry movie-goers, the type of which probably believe half of what’s happening in the film, or can’t understand it and think Langdon as a modern day Indiana Jones.

But it’s not looking particularly good for Inferno; the prospects of it translating into a critically acclaimed film appear bleak when you look at the novel’s reviews. Most regarded it as a pretty awful attempt at a piece of literature, while the Daily Mail offered up the most positive review. Says it all really.

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For Hanks, though, this is a cash cow not to be passed up. The lucrative nature of Dan Brown novels and the subsequent films mean big bucks will be on offer to make one last go of Langdon’s unquenchable thirst for a broken code.

Next time you see our dearest Forest Gump, he’ll be moustached-up and playing Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Mary Poppins’ journey from page to screen and how the book’s author P.L. Travers vowed never to lend her story to the cinema again.

Having starred in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Tom Hanks will complete the trilogy of Robert Langdon movies when he stars as the inquisitive Harvard University symbolist in Inferno, set for release on December 18th 2015. The Hollywood Reporter had the date.

Tom HanksHe'll always be little Forest to us

Despite a poor critical response for both of the previous Dan Brown-novel movies – The Da Vinci Code managed 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, while Angels & Demons only marginally improved on that with 37% - they have fared well at the box office, grabbing over $1.2b from conspiracy-hungry movie-goers, the type of which probably believe half of what’s happening in the film, or can’t understand it and think Langdon as a modern day Indiana Jones.

But it’s not looking particularly good for Inferno; the prospects of it translating into a critically acclaimed film appear bleak when you look at the novel’s reviews. Most regarded it as a pretty awful attempt at a piece of literature, while the Daily Mail offered up the most positive review. Says it all really.

Tom Hanks and Elaine StritchWhat a charmer, Elaine Stritch can't get enough

For Hanks, though, this is a cash cow not to be passed up. The lucrative nature of Dan Brown novels and the subsequent films mean big bucks will be on offer to make one last go of Langdon’s unquenchable thirst for a broken code.

Next time you see our dearest Forest Gump, he’ll be moustached-up and playing Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Mary Poppins’ journey from page to screen and how the book’s author P.L. Travers vowed never to lend her story to the cinema again.

17th July 2013 3712261
Tom Hanks cast in new Dan Brown film Inferno 3766779 News

Tom Hanks is back for the next Dan Brown movie 'Inferno'.

The 57-year-old actor was expected to return as Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon for the adaptation of 'The Lost Symbol', the third novel in the thriller series best known for 'The Da Vinci Code', but will instead star in the adaptation of Brown's fourth international bestseller, 'Inferno'.

Deadline.com are also reporting director Ron Howard, who worked on the adaptation of the second novel, 'Angels & Demons', backed out of directing the third chapter and has instead jumped straight to the fourth book, 'Inferno'.

After adapting the last film, David Koepp is set to write the screenplay for the forthcoming release.

Danny Strong appeared to be penning the adaptation for 'The Lost Symbol' in March 2012, which was to be directed by Mark Romanek after Ron Howard opted out, but little had been heard about the project since.

The 'Da Vinci Code' grossed $758million worldwide in 2006 and 'Angels & Demons' took in $486million worldwide in 2009, so there are high expectations for 'Inferno', which is set to be released on December 18, 2015.

Tom Hanks is back for the next Dan Brown movie 'Inferno'.

The 57-year-old actor was expected to return as Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon for the adaptation of 'The Lost Symbol', the third novel in the thriller series best known for 'The Da Vinci Code', but will instead star in the adaptation of Brown's fourth international bestseller, 'Inferno'.

Deadline.com are also reporting director Ron Howard, who worked on the adaptation of the second novel, 'Angels & Demons', backed out of directing the third chapter and has instead jumped straight to the fourth book, 'Inferno'.

After adapting the last film, David Koepp is set to write the screenplay for the forthcoming release.

Danny Strong appeared to be penning the adaptation for 'The Lost Symbol' in March 2012, which was to be directed by Mark Romanek after Ron Howard opted out, but little had been heard about the project since.

The 'Da Vinci Code' grossed $758million worldwide in 2006 and 'Angels & Demons' took in $486million worldwide in 2009, so there are high expectations for 'Inferno', which is set to be released on December 18, 2015.

17th July 2013 3766778
Dan Brown: “I'm always trying to keep a secret” 3670772 News

Dan Brown – best selling author with over 200 million copies of his books swapping hands – released his latest novel, Inferno recently. He’s opened up recently to NPR about being an author and his new book, expected to sell like the proverbial hotcakes, but better, like really hot, sweet cakes, that you can read, and keep.

"In any novel, you would hope that the hero has someone to push back against ... I find the most interesting villains [are] those who do the right things for the wrong reasons, or the wrong things for the right reasons — either one is interesting,” he explains. “I love the gray area between right and wrong. Here is somebody who says we have an enormous population problem on this planet and everybody's turning a blind eye, and there are no simple solutions, but there is a solution. And while it's terrifying, maybe there's a silver lining to it. Maybe he's actually the good guy in all this." While the reviews for Inferno have been fairly strong, the critics suggest that this page-turner won’t be in line for any literary prizes. Brown, it seems, has forgone the sculpture of literature in exchange for a bestseller – combing the two is something of a lost art.

Dan BrownDan brown chats to some dudes somewhere - the 2010 Billboard Latino awards, to be exact

"You know, it's funny, I don't know where I would place myself in the literary landscape,” Brown admits. “I really just write the book that I would want to read. I put on the blinders, and I really — it is, for me, that simple. I'm somebody who likes codes and ciphers and chases and artwork and architecture, and all the things you find in a Robert Langdon thriller."

Dan Brown – best selling author with over 200 million copies of his books swapping hands – released his latest novel, Inferno recently. He’s opened up recently to NPR about being an author and his new book, expected to sell like the proverbial hotcakes, but better, like really hot, sweet cakes, that you can read, and keep.

"In any novel, you would hope that the hero has someone to push back against ... I find the most interesting villains [are] those who do the right things for the wrong reasons, or the wrong things for the right reasons — either one is interesting,” he explains. “I love the gray area between right and wrong. Here is somebody who says we have an enormous population problem on this planet and everybody's turning a blind eye, and there are no simple solutions, but there is a solution. And while it's terrifying, maybe there's a silver lining to it. Maybe he's actually the good guy in all this." While the reviews for Inferno have been fairly strong, the critics suggest that this page-turner won’t be in line for any literary prizes. Brown, it seems, has forgone the sculpture of literature in exchange for a bestseller – combing the two is something of a lost art.

Dan BrownDan brown chats to some dudes somewhere - the 2010 Billboard Latino awards, to be exact

"You know, it's funny, I don't know where I would place myself in the literary landscape,” Brown admits. “I really just write the book that I would want to read. I put on the blinders, and I really — it is, for me, that simple. I'm somebody who likes codes and ciphers and chases and artwork and architecture, and all the things you find in a Robert Langdon thriller."

18th May 2013 960075
Dan Brown's Inferno Shot Down In Flames By Critics 3662601 News

Best-selling author Dan Brown is back with another book that looks set to shift by the forest-full, but will the latest of his run of detective thrillers, which started with Angels & Demons back in 2000, actually be any good?

Inferno is the fourth book of his series surrounding the character Robert Langdon, with Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol all selling considerably and films being made or in the process of being made in the wake of their success. However, Brown’s books haven’t always gone down well with the critics, and the fourth installment is another that, though likely to be a huge success, doesn’t appear to be knocking on any reviewers end of year list thoughts even at this stage of the year.  "The way the story is told is very similar to The Da Vinci Code: it is basically an extended chase," said the Daily Mail’s critic. "Dan Brown claims to have gone into philosophical, theological and literary history in great depth for his books, but if he has done so, he has left no trace of these in-depth researches in Inferno. It's all twaddle, but at least it is entertaining twaddle."

The Telegraph meanwhile, said that it was Brown’s most ambitious novel to-date, but also his worst. "As a stylist Brown gets better and better: where once he was abysmal he is now just very poor," they wrote. "His prose, for all its detailing of brand names and the exact heights of buildings, is characterised by imprecision. It works to prevent the reader from engaging with the story. This mattered less in his previous novels, but with Inferno I sense for the first time that Brown is aiming at a tauter, better book, one more interested in the real world, longing to escape from the prison of his pleonasm.” He finishes "But in the end this is his worst book, and for a sad, even noble, reason - his ambition here wildly exceeds his ability." Ouch. Still, who cares if it sells eh? Brown certainly won’t.

Dan BrownDan Brown's The Lost Symbol was a big hit..will Inferno follow suit?

Best-selling author Dan Brown is back with another book that looks set to shift by the forest-full, but will the latest of his run of detective thrillers, which started with Angels & Demons back in 2000, actually be any good?

Inferno is the fourth book of his series surrounding the character Robert Langdon, with Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol all selling considerably and films being made or in the process of being made in the wake of their success. However, Brown’s books haven’t always gone down well with the critics, and the fourth installment is another that, though likely to be a huge success, doesn’t appear to be knocking on any reviewers end of year list thoughts even at this stage of the year.  "The way the story is told is very similar to The Da Vinci Code: it is basically an extended chase," said the Daily Mail’s critic. "Dan Brown claims to have gone into philosophical, theological and literary history in great depth for his books, but if he has done so, he has left no trace of these in-depth researches in Inferno. It's all twaddle, but at least it is entertaining twaddle."

The Telegraph meanwhile, said that it was Brown’s most ambitious novel to-date, but also his worst. "As a stylist Brown gets better and better: where once he was abysmal he is now just very poor," they wrote. "His prose, for all its detailing of brand names and the exact heights of buildings, is characterised by imprecision. It works to prevent the reader from engaging with the story. This mattered less in his previous novels, but with Inferno I sense for the first time that Brown is aiming at a tauter, better book, one more interested in the real world, longing to escape from the prison of his pleonasm.” He finishes "But in the end this is his worst book, and for a sad, even noble, reason - his ambition here wildly exceeds his ability." Ouch. Still, who cares if it sells eh? Brown certainly won’t.

Dan BrownDan Brown's The Lost Symbol was a big hit..will Inferno follow suit?

14th May 2013 960075
Dan Brown's 'Inferno' To See Robert Langdon Tackle Dante's Epic Poem 3454597 News

Dan Brown's Inferno' - his sixth mystery novel - will see turtleneck wearing protagonist Robert Langdon tackle Dante's epic 14th century poem. Brown's new book was revealed during a social media announcement on Tuesday (January 15, 2013) during which Facebook and Twitter readers profile images were added as tiles in a web graphic, alluding to Dante's allegory of the journey through hell.

Harvard professor Langdon - played by Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons adaptations - will be adventuring through "the heart of Europe" this time around, where he will be "drawn into a harrowing world centred on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces." Dante's poem has been studied and scrutinised for hundreds of years - it depicts hell as nine circles of suffering located within the earth. "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world," Brown said. "With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm . a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways." The poem offers up plenty of scope for Brown's polarizing style of writing and fans should expect plenty of puzzles, codes and symbols. 

Brown - born in Exeter, New Hampshire - is one of the world's most successful authors, though is often derided by serious literary critics. He is, of course, the man who served up the line, "Physicist Leonardo Vetra smelled burning flesh, and he knew it was his own." 

Dan Brown, The Lost SymbolWaterstones Staff Struggle With A Cardboard Cut-Out Of Dan Brown's Last Book, The Lost Symbol

Dan Brown's Inferno' - his sixth mystery novel - will see turtleneck wearing protagonist Robert Langdon tackle Dante's epic 14th century poem. Brown's new book was revealed during a social media announcement on Tuesday (January 15, 2013) during which Facebook and Twitter readers profile images were added as tiles in a web graphic, alluding to Dante's allegory of the journey through hell.

Harvard professor Langdon - played by Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons adaptations - will be adventuring through "the heart of Europe" this time around, where he will be "drawn into a harrowing world centred on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces." Dante's poem has been studied and scrutinised for hundreds of years - it depicts hell as nine circles of suffering located within the earth. "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world," Brown said. "With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm . a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways." The poem offers up plenty of scope for Brown's polarizing style of writing and fans should expect plenty of puzzles, codes and symbols. 

Brown - born in Exeter, New Hampshire - is one of the world's most successful authors, though is often derided by serious literary critics. He is, of course, the man who served up the line, "Physicist Leonardo Vetra smelled burning flesh, and he knew it was his own." 

Dan Brown, The Lost SymbolWaterstones Staff Struggle With A Cardboard Cut-Out Of Dan Brown's Last Book, The Lost Symbol

16th January 2013 960075
New Dan Brown Book Inferno Handed Hot Summer Release 3453777 News

Dan Brown's latest novel, Inferno - the hotly anticipated next chapter in the world of Robert Langdon - will be published in the U.S. and Canada on May 14 by Doubleday Publishing.

The novel is "set in Italy and centers on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces, Dante's Inferno," according to the Doubleday statement. "In Inferno...[we follow] Robert Langdon back to the heart of Europe, where he becomes entwined in a mystery that has global ramifications...tied to the ominous and truly mesmerizing details of Dante's masterful work," Jason Kaufman, Executive Editor with Doubleday said. "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world," Brown said in the statement.

Brown should be considered a monolithic presence in the literary world. "The Da Vinci Code" spent 144 weeks at the top of The New York Times Best Seller list, has been translated into 51 languages and has sold 81 million copies worldwide. While some authors and keen-readers alike show disdain for his writing, preferring classic works, his pedigree is hard to dispute. "With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm ... a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways," continued Brown. 

 

Dan Brown's latest novel, Inferno - the hotly anticipated next chapter in the world of Robert Langdon - will be published in the U.S. and Canada on May 14 by Doubleday Publishing.

The novel is "set in Italy and centers on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces, Dante's Inferno," according to the Doubleday statement. "In Inferno...[we follow] Robert Langdon back to the heart of Europe, where he becomes entwined in a mystery that has global ramifications...tied to the ominous and truly mesmerizing details of Dante's masterful work," Jason Kaufman, Executive Editor with Doubleday said. "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world," Brown said in the statement.

Brown should be considered a monolithic presence in the literary world. "The Da Vinci Code" spent 144 weeks at the top of The New York Times Best Seller list, has been translated into 51 languages and has sold 81 million copies worldwide. While some authors and keen-readers alike show disdain for his writing, preferring classic works, his pedigree is hard to dispute. "With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm ... a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways," continued Brown. 

 

15th January 2013 960075
Dan Brown New Novel Out This Year; Da Vinci Code Writer Continues Crime Series 3453315 News

Da Vinci’s Code writer Dan Brown has announced that he will be returning with a new book this year.

One of the biggest selling authors of all-time, his critically divided but commercially massive books – which also include Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons, Deception Point and The Lost Symbol – have sold over 200 million copies between them, with Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code both getting adapted into feature length films. The Independent reports that the latest of Brown’s crime thrillers – his first since 2009’s The Lost Symbol – will be released on May 14, 2013. His publishers have not revealed the title of the book yet, instead offering up secret codes and messages on social networking for fans to uncover, but it will once again follow the adventures of Robert Langdon – a mainstay in the series since 2000’s Angels & Demons.

Currently a professor of iconology and symbology at Harvard, Brown’s book will apparently be based on "one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces". Intriguing. Meanwhile, his last book The Lost Symbol could well become the third book to be turned into a film; the previous two featured Tom Hanks playing Langdon, but were not universally well-received by the critics.

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Da Vinci’s Code writer Dan Brown has announced that he will be returning with a new book this year.

One of the biggest selling authors of all-time, his critically divided but commercially massive books – which also include Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons, Deception Point and The Lost Symbol – have sold over 200 million copies between them, with Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code both getting adapted into feature length films. The Independent reports that the latest of Brown’s crime thrillers – his first since 2009’s The Lost Symbol – will be released on May 14, 2013. His publishers have not revealed the title of the book yet, instead offering up secret codes and messages on social networking for fans to uncover, but it will once again follow the adventures of Robert Langdon – a mainstay in the series since 2000’s Angels & Demons.

Currently a professor of iconology and symbology at Harvard, Brown’s book will apparently be based on "one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces". Intriguing. Meanwhile, his last book The Lost Symbol could well become the third book to be turned into a film; the previous two featured Tom Hanks playing Langdon, but were not universally well-received by the critics.

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15th January 2013 960075
Will JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy Storm 2012’s Bestseller Charts? 3300636 News

JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy looks set to continue her literary success with one million pre-orders already having been made.

Following the massive success she had with her Harry Potter franchise which continues to reach out to fans with the new interactive website Pottermore.com even after the release of the last book and film, this modest author’s new ventures definitely look just as promising. It is expected to become the UK’s best seller of 2012 with The Bookseller charts editor Philip Stone telling AFP ‘It’s one of the biggest releases of the 21st century’ and predicting an immediate place at number one. It certainly has the credentials to become the next big hit in literature with it being the most pre-ordered book at Waterstones this year and with Rowling’s last book, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, selling 2.5 million copies in the UK just in the first 24 hours.

However, she has some serious competition. She is yet to break the record for the most hardback sales of an adult book in the first week (given that ‘Harry Potter’ was a children’s franchise) which currently stands at a massive 550,000 for Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ sequel ‘The Lost Symbol’. She is also to match the global phenomenon that is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by EL James which has so far sold 5.3 million. One Waterstones spokesperson has expressed doubt that Rowling will even match her own success records with ‘A Casual Vacancy’ and admitted, ‘It is not in the league of ‘Harry Potter’.’

Will JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy Storm 2012’s Bestseller Charts?

The book approaches a variety of adult themes including politics, class, drugs, sex, prostitution and being a single parent, which Rowling has been dying to explore in her writing. ‘There are certain things you just don’t do in fantasy’, she told New Yorker magazine. ‘You don’t have sex near unicorns. It’s an iron-clad rule. It’s tacky.’ Hear that, EL James? You can’t mix sex and fantasy – it’s tacky!

JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy looks set to continue her literary success with one million pre-orders already having been made.

Following the massive success she had with her Harry Potter franchise which continues to reach out to fans with the new interactive website Pottermore.com even after the release of the last book and film, this modest author’s new ventures definitely look just as promising. It is expected to become the UK’s best seller of 2012 with The Bookseller charts editor Philip Stone telling AFP ‘It’s one of the biggest releases of the 21st century’ and predicting an immediate place at number one. It certainly has the credentials to become the next big hit in literature with it being the most pre-ordered book at Waterstones this year and with Rowling’s last book, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, selling 2.5 million copies in the UK just in the first 24 hours.

However, she has some serious competition. She is yet to break the record for the most hardback sales of an adult book in the first week (given that ‘Harry Potter’ was a children’s franchise) which currently stands at a massive 550,000 for Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ sequel ‘The Lost Symbol’. She is also to match the global phenomenon that is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by EL James which has so far sold 5.3 million. One Waterstones spokesperson has expressed doubt that Rowling will even match her own success records with ‘A Casual Vacancy’ and admitted, ‘It is not in the league of ‘Harry Potter’.’

Will JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy Storm 2012’s Bestseller Charts?

The book approaches a variety of adult themes including politics, class, drugs, sex, prostitution and being a single parent, which Rowling has been dying to explore in her writing. ‘There are certain things you just don’t do in fantasy’, she told New Yorker magazine. ‘You don’t have sex near unicorns. It’s an iron-clad rule. It’s tacky.’ Hear that, EL James? You can’t mix sex and fantasy – it’s tacky!

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JK Rowling’s New Book Storms Pre-Order Charts 3295116 News

Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, has shot to the top of the pre-order charts with her upcoming book, The Casual Vacancy, reports The Telegraph.

Bookshops are expected to open early for the launch of the novel at 8am on Thursday and pre-orders at Waterstone’s are the highest of the year so far. A spokesman for the high-street bookseller said: “This is definitely the biggest launch of the year. Having said that, it is not in the league of Harry Potter, which is obviously a phenomenon that built up over a decade.” The real pull, though are the online pre-orders, and they’ve hit the roof. “We have seen a great deal of customer interest for ‘Casual Vacancy’ and, on the strength of pre-orders alone, it has featured in the Amazon.co.uk bestsellers list since it was announced. It’s likely to be one of our bestselling books this Christmas,” said Amazon’s books manager Darren Hardy.

In terms of adult books, of which this is Rowling’s first foray, Dan Brown leads the way: his novel The Lost Symbol sold 550,000 hardback copies in its first week. EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold 5.3 million copies in print and ebooks, will also be hard to beat, but given Rowling’s monolithic name in publishing; her Harry Potter franchise making her one of the richest women in the world, she’ll have the best chance of breaking those impressive sales records.

Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, has shot to the top of the pre-order charts with her upcoming book, The Casual Vacancy, reports The Telegraph.

Bookshops are expected to open early for the launch of the novel at 8am on Thursday and pre-orders at Waterstone’s are the highest of the year so far. A spokesman for the high-street bookseller said: “This is definitely the biggest launch of the year. Having said that, it is not in the league of Harry Potter, which is obviously a phenomenon that built up over a decade.” The real pull, though are the online pre-orders, and they’ve hit the roof. “We have seen a great deal of customer interest for ‘Casual Vacancy’ and, on the strength of pre-orders alone, it has featured in the Amazon.co.uk bestsellers list since it was announced. It’s likely to be one of our bestselling books this Christmas,” said Amazon’s books manager Darren Hardy.

In terms of adult books, of which this is Rowling’s first foray, Dan Brown leads the way: his novel The Lost Symbol sold 550,000 hardback copies in its first week. EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold 5.3 million copies in print and ebooks, will also be hard to beat, but given Rowling’s monolithic name in publishing; her Harry Potter franchise making her one of the richest women in the world, she’ll have the best chance of breaking those impressive sales records.

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