12:11 05 December 2012
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series became a worldwide phenomenon and certified box office hits. However, for her first novel for adults, the famous writer chooses to make 'The Casual Vacancy' a TV series.
BBC1 will adapt the new novel, which was only released in September, into a multi-million pound series.
There is no information yet on the length of the series but it is expected to be broadcast in 2014.
Miss Rowling believes that 'The Casual Vacancy' is ideal for TV rather than the big screen.
She said: "I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home. I’m thrilled that the BBC has commissioned 'The Casual Vacancy'."
'The Casual Vacancy' is the fastest-selling hardback for three years in the UK having been sold 125,000 copies in its first week.
However, it received mixed feedback from critics when it was first released in September.
The Guardian described it as “unadventurous” while Daily Mail writer Jan Moir said it was “500 pages of relentless socialist manifesto, masquerading as literature, crammed down your throat”.
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