It’s not unusual for authors to have differing opinions and beliefs. However, when one prominent author openly endorses the work of another despite their past disagreements, it can lead to significant controversy. Such is the case with Stephen King, who recently praised J.K. Rowling’s latest book, ‘The Running Grave,’ written under her crime fiction pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. While King’s endorsement of the book has received a mix of reactions, it raises questions about the intersection of personal beliefs and professional relationships.
Stephen King expressed his admiration for J.K. Rowling’s work. He described ‘The Running Grave’ as J.K. Rowling at her best, recalling the sheer readability of the Harry Potter books, but much darker. King mentioned that the book had helped him through a difficult time. This endorsement, however, didn’t go unnoticed in light of King’s previous public disagreements with Rowling.
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Stephen King had previously voiced his opposition to J.K. Rowling’s controversial comments on transgender issues. In 2021, he openly disagreed with her on social media, particularly regarding her stance on trans women. This led to Rowling blocking King on Twitter.
In response to King’s endorsement, social media was buzzing with mixed reactions. Some readers expressed disappointment and frustration over his decision to support an author whose comments had been deemed harmful to marginalized communities. Someone tweeted, “Man, sucks to see you supporting someone like her.” Another user expressed a similar sentiment: “I’m happy you enjoyed the book, but I wish you would reconsider promoting an author who is harmful to marginalized communities in the future.”
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On the other hand, some readers chose to focus solely on the literary aspect of the recommendation. One Twitter user commented, “It’s such a brilliant book. I’ve enjoyed all the Strike books but ‘The Running Grave,’ particularly the chapters where Robin was in the cult, was so, so good.”
In an interview in 2021, Stephen King addressed his differences with J.K. Rowling and her stance on transgender issues. He acknowledged that Rowling had blocked him on Twitter but also emphasized her right to hold her opinion. King asserted, “So nobody has ‘cancelled’ J.K. Rowling. She’s doing fine. I just felt her belief was, in my opinion, wrong. We have differing opinions, but that’s life.”
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The controversy surrounding J.K. Rowling’s statements on transgender issues remains a contentious topic in the literary world and beyond. Rowling herself recently declared that she would “happily” serve time in prison rather than refer to transgender women as “women.” This statement only adds to the ongoing debate and underscores the complexities of reconciling personal beliefs with professional relationships.