Should J.K. Rowling Gain Some Perspective? Author Angry At Leak
Perhaps it's not so bad, J.K.
J.K. Rowling has expressed her anger after it was revealed that she was Robert Galbraith. Ostensibly, Galbraith penned Cuckoo’s calling – a crime novel that garndered average to good reviews and sold well but not spectacularly – but in reality, it was The Harry Potter author’s work.
But why is Rowling so upset? It could be because a follow up as Galbraith is now impossible; fans of the book probably won’t see another one now that the writer’s real identity has been released. Another reason could be pressure – Rowling spoke of the "liberating experience" of writing under a pseudonym, and that’s understandable given her stature.
The bigger picture, though, suggests that Rowling shouldn’t be too upset. She hasn’t lost face over this, Russells – the law firm who inadvertently let the cat out the bag – have. And while it’s gauche to equate money to happiness, she’ll certainly live. Artistically it may come as a blow, but overall, a now chart-topping book and the biggest literary franchise in the world will do. It has to do.
Rowling said in a statement. "I have today discovered how the leak about Robert's true identity occurred. A tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement,” she added. “I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm, and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced."