The New York Times has decided to stop publishing its new novel The Darkest Hour, a debut that features an “antiheroic” and “demented” protagonist.
It’s a move that seems to be aimed at the magazine’s notoriously difficult to read, but politically charged, readership.
“We are taking this decision for our readers, not to give them a more political read, not because we are trying to be politically correct,” reads a statement posted to the Times’s website.
“This is about the integrity of our reporting, which is a priority for us.”
The move comes after months of criticism and criticism from critics who said the novel was not well-written, too dark and had little substance.
The decision to end the series comes less than a week after the publication of the first novel in the Hannibal series, The Silence of the Lambs, which also received mixed reviews.
The series was adapted for film by Hannibal’s Hannibal Lecter and is set in the 20th century.
“Hannam’s a character who’s very complex, and it’s not really clear what his purpose is,” producer Bryan Fuller told the Associated Press.
“There’s this sense that the character is trying to solve a mystery, but there’s nothing to really solve.”
“I think the first book was really, really good, and I think it was really good for the character,” he added.
“The second book, The Final Chapter, is probably the worst book of the series.
But I think we’re really trying to try to create a new world.”
“It’s not as if we were trying to reinvent Hannibal,” Fuller continued.
“It is a character we have in mind who’s a great detective, who’s the opposite of Hannibal, who is a very flawed man who has a complicated past and a complicated journey.
And he’s also the father of this child.”
The decision comes after The New Republic and Salon reported that the series had faced backlash from critics and some writers who said it lacked substance.
One critic, Slate writer Julia Ioffe, wrote that “the author of The Darker, Darker Side of the Moon, whose work was heavily influenced by the best-selling books of the 1970s, and whose most recent novel, The Black Swan, is also based on the bestsellers of the ’70s, has finally decided to let his dark and morally ambiguous characters shine.”
“The decision to stop publication of The Hannibal Book is a sad one for us and for the book and for those who loved the novel,” Ioffee wrote.
“But we’re not changing our mind.
It will remain a work of fiction.”
A new book, the sequel to the first, was due for release in 2019.