Stephen King has confronted some criticism after selling considered one of J.Okay. Rowling’s books.
On Thursday (October 26), the writer praised The Working Grave by Rowling, written below her crime fiction pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
“That is J.Okay. Rowling at her finest, recalling the sheer readability of the Harry Potter books, however a lot darker,” King wrote on X. “This received me via a troublesome time.”
Regardless of King tweeting his opposition to Rowling’s controversial transgender feedback prior to now, specifically in 2021, some have expressed disappointment over his determination to advertise her work.
THE RUNNING GRAVE, by Robert Galbraith: That is J.Okay. Rowling at her finest, recalling the sheer readability of the Harry Potter books, however a lot darker. This received me via a troublesome time.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 26, 2023
“Man, sucks to see you supporting somebody like her,” one tweet learn in response.
One other wrote: “I’m completely happy you loved the e-book, however I want you’ll rethink selling an writer who’s dangerous to marginalised communities in future.”
Some, nonetheless, have merely taken the advice at face worth. “It’s such a superb e-book,” one other user wrote. “I’ve loved all of the Strike books however The Working Grave, notably the chapters the place Robin was within the cult, was so, so good.”
Talking to The Every day Beast in 2021, King defined that he had been blocked by Rowling on X (then referred to as Twitter) after disagreeing together with her stance on trans girls.
“Jo cancelled me,” King advised the outlet. “She sorta blocked me and all that. Right here’s the factor: She is welcome to her opinion. That’s the way in which the world works. If she thinks that trans girls are harmful, or that trans girls are by some means not girls, or no matter drawback she has with it – the concept somebody ‘masquerading’ as a lady goes to assault a ‘actual’ lady in the bathroom – if she believes all these issues, she has a proper to her opinion.
“After which somebody tweeted at me, ‘Do you suppose trans girls are girls?’ and I mentioned, ‘Sure, I do.’ And that’s what she received indignant about – my opinion. It’s just like the previous saying, ‘I don’t agree with what you say, however I’ll defend to the loss of life your proper to say it.’
“So no person has ‘canceled’ J.Okay. Rowling. She’s doing advantageous. I simply felt her perception was, in my view, flawed. We now have differing opinions, however that’s life.”
Lately, Rowling mentioned she would “fortunately” serve time in jail quite than confer with transgender girls as “girls”.