The Casual Vacancy

I bought the book a few weeks ago but I never got around to reading properly till yesterday afternoon and I basically finished it an hour or two ago. Anyway, I’d browsed through a couple of internet reviews and my friends had told me how it was an uninteresting book and stuff. And fair enough, each person has their own views and I genuinely respect that.

Anyway, as I was reading the book and those of you that have read it will obviously know that they are loads of characters in the book. I’m not going to lie, initially I found it hard to keep up with who was who, but as I went along, they became clearer. Anyway, as I finished the book and jumped into the shower my mind flooded with thoughts about the time I read Harry Potter (now I know I shouldn’t be comparing the two and stuff, but hear me out). So, I kept thinking about when I read Harry Potter and how I was awestruck by the story and by how J.K. Rowling created it, you know the entire fictional world and all. The story was what had made me fall in love with the books. I remember staying up late at night and reading just so I could get to the next book, just because of the story.

Anyway, then I thought of The Casual Vacancy, personally, I thought the story was pretty mediocre. Oh! Anyone would have thought of that. But I was still awestruck and amazed by the book. Why? It was because of the way it was written. I was amazed at how she managed to so cleverly make nearly all characters lives intervene with one another. How all the characters were so diverse and somewhat relateable. Just the way she’d written it made me think about her cleverness once again. Yes, the story was mediocre but the writing, the way she had thought it out, that was pretty brilliant. (Not to forget the heartbreaking unexpected end). That’s what made me disagree with the reviews. This is just the way I feel about it, and I am often said to be the one that sees things rather differently.

Now, I don’t know if you’re thinking, well you idiot what’s the difference between a story and the way it is written. I’m not sure how to explain it my self. But in my head, there’s an entire universe between the two.