I’m reposting this as I update some of the best old content from my blog. It was originally published on June 30th, 2016.
To all of the people who think JK Rowling should just stop writing Harry Potter: just stop. Its her world and its her characters. Let the woman do whatever she wants. You cannot tell her what to do with them.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, I’ve always wanted to write and to share my thoughts with the world, but the last year, I’ve been having second thoughts. If someone can be as amazing as JK Rowling, and yet people still turn on her, what will they do to someone like me?
JK Rowling is an amazing woman and an amazing person, she does more charity work than I can begin to list (but I will if I have to), do you want her to ‘stop’ helping refugees? To ‘stop’ her charity fundraisers? Because if you’re telling her to stop writing, how can she continue helping charities?
A lot of people don’t like her because she speaks her mind and addresses her opinion. They’re not happy that her opinions don’t align with theirs. Well, newsflash, she has just as much right to express her opinion as you do.
“Why is JK Rowling still writing?” you ask. I dunno. Maybe because she’s an author?
“Why does she make all of this stuff up?” Hmmm. Maybe thats her job.
“She’s just doing it for attention.” Or maybe she enjoys it? Which is why its her job? I dunno, its seems super weird to pick something you love as your job.
If she includes diverse characters, you get mad. If she doesn’t, you get mad. This is why I’m terrified, TERRIFIED of being what I want to be.
Our society has become one in which people think their idols have to be perfect. You’re not allowed to be just a writer, or just an actor, or just a musician anymore, you also have to be the paragon of society. Everything they do, every word, every glance, is over analyzed by internet trolls who want to be able to say “I’m the one who proved Taylor Swift is sexist” or “I’m the one who proved that JK Rowling is racist.”