“She who must not be named.” This article from The Atlantic by Helen Lewis is a useful and enjoyable look at the demonisation of J.K. Rowling by her readers.
I enjoyed the Potter books and I admire her as a person so I’ve been rather gobsmacked and perplexed by the way in which Potter fansites now no longer want to even mention her name. Quite bizarre.
But as Lewis mentions, J.K. is not the first to run foul of their fans
Mr Dylan got into very hot water when he strapped on that electric guitar.
That dangerous radical, Wild Willy Wordsworth, who wrote thus of the French Revolution,
“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven!”
alienated many admirers when he became a curmudgeonly pillar of the establishment in later life.
Have we any other examples of fans rejecting their idols?
When I was five years old, I idolised Pinky and Perky and Cliff. They are dead to me now.