BBC One and BBC Drama have teamed up to create a television adaptation of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. The series should be released in 2014.
I wonder if they’ll film the dirty parts?
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So she let him embrace and then kiss her. She closed her eyes, climbed on top of him, and imagined herself riding Jake on a deserted white beach, nineteen years old to his twenty-one. She came while imagining Miles watching them, furiously, through binoculars, from a distant pedalo.
Last but CERTAINLY NOT least, from The Dursleys Talk Dirty: the Top 10 Most Memorable “Adult” Moments in The Casual Vacancy.
Okay, this is my favorite quotation, more than even the spectacularly strange “Father Christmas” passage. Miles is this woman’s husband, the man she is actually having sex with in this passage. Jake is a handsome and much younger member of an unnamed boy band. I had to look up a pedalo and it is a paddle boat. A paddle boat.
He climbed on top of her; this, he knew, was real life.
Just to clarify, not wizard life.
Humongous bouncing jubblies,” Fats said loudly, into the scowling, crumpled face. “Great big juicy double-F mams.
Jubblies sounds like a kind of wizard candy. Mams does not.
He had not thought of Krystal herself (as opposed to her splendid breasts and that miraculously unguarded vagina).
Just to reiterate: “that miraculously unguarded vagina.”
I came in about ten seconds. It feels fucking great once you’re in.
Ah, young love. (At least Rowling is realistic about a teenage boy’s prowess.)
He was an extravagantly obese man of sixty-four. A great apron of stomach fell so far down in front of his thighs that most people thought instantly of his penis when they first clapped eyes on him, wondering when he had last seen it, how he washed it, how it managed to perform any of the acts for which a penis is designed.
He retained a vivid memory of her bare pink vulva; it was a though Father Christmas had popped up in their midst.
I won’t say that Christmas is ruined, but…Christmas has been altered.
Andrew returned to his contemplation of the dirty window with an ache in his heart and in his balls.
What is worse? Heart ache or ball ache? This question is one for the poets.
After ringing the doorbell, Kay noticed a used condom glistening in the grass beside her feet, like the gossamer cocoon of some huge grub.
This is clearly not Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class.
Lost in a fug of erotic images, pulling on the joint, Andrew lay with his erection on the patch of earth his body was warming and listened to the soft rush of water a few feet from his head.
There are a lot of erections in this book and I’ve chosen this one, which is almost pastoral, to stand in (up?) for the rest. In many ways this moment is a distillation of the whole novel, which is a strange mixture of idyllic village life and random penises.
I am going to post each of the top 10 most uncomfortable and/or humorous Casual Vacancy quotes with my commentary because, you know, it is stuff like this that Tumblr is designed for.
Rowling seems to be making up for lost time. It’s akin to hearing your grandmother (or, for that matter, Dumbledore) talk dirty: it’s not that you didn’t know J.K. Rowling was capable of writing about sex, it just existed in a space beyond your imagination.
PS-How exciting to have the opportunity to write out all of those words…
It is moments like these—moments when I am sitting at my desk flipping through The Casual Vacancy looking for dirty passages—that I absolutely love my job.