This is still pretty small, but apparently SIP thinks JKR's exhusband looks like James. Because he's got dark hair and glasses like at least half the world's male population I'm guessing?
Also, is it just me or is this comment really disturbing? wobblerlorri: "Hm. Wonder if he was an arrogant toerag of a bully?
I just looked him up (since I rarely care anything about authors, just their works) and it's peculiar that they got married, had a kid 9 months later, then divorced 4 months later and JKR moved back to the UK.
Put in horsebreeding terms (which I naturally think it), it almost sounds like she went to Portugal, got bred, and stayed there until she foaled out and the foal was old enough to travel."
On a somewhat unrelated note: I've never really gotten a good look at JK, she's really pretty. I don't know where this BS stereotype about British women being ugly comes from all the ones I see are pretty.
Anyway, this is just a bit more than a bit creepy. These people are talking about her like she's cattle, which is further proof of the misogynistic nature of a lot of the shit people find here.
Why do the crazy Harry Potter fans always feel the need to comment on JKR's first marriage in a way that's skin peelingly awful? The relationship that was almost certainly abusive, or failing that, certainly not a happy one (I don't know if it's been confirmed or not).
I don't care how much you think she didn't write her books the way she should have, they're fiction and SHE IS NOT. Why the everloving fuck are you comparing her to a horse?
How disgusting. That comment especially: it just is not acceptable to compare a human woman to horse breeding. Analysis of an author's life in relation to their literary work can be legitimate, but digging through a living person's background in an effort that pretty much involves inventing dirty laundry to support idiotic fan theories is ridiculous. The life of an author interacts with the subject matter they write about, but it's so far from definitive: sometimes the work actually isn't revealing a super secret part of their id.
And I hate that icon flashing JK Rowling in Lily-style long red hair and JK Rowling in a blonde updo hairstyle and a nice dress with the caption 'Lily? Or Narcissa?". I can imagine an academic paper exploring Jane Austen's life entitled "Mrs Norris? Or Fanny Price", but Austen's long dead and JK Rowling isn't, and why try to analogise her to one of her less likeable characters out of sheer spite at the death of one's pet fanon theories? JK Rowling's personal life is exactly that; it's not as if she regularly bites the heads off endangered baby crocodiles while in television interviews and therefore every last thing she does must be scrutinised for her evil bias against Slytherins.
Oh God, it's like Caina all over again. "She used her husband as an excuse to not face Us Angry Fans after Sinking Our Ship!", "She's a Fat Whore who sould never use a Bikini!", "She broke up my H/HR so I have right to drag her to the ground", "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"
Leaving aside the offensive parts of this idea for others to deal with - can someone explain to me why JKR would base on of the heroes of the book (and it clear that at least JKR views James as a hero even if the Snapefen don't) on her ex-husband? If they said she based Gildroy Lockhart or Lucius Malfoy or heck even Snape on him I maybe could see that. But James? A guy who was somewhat immature, could at times be a bit full of himself, but was fundamentally a good person under all that bluster.
JKR's ex was abusive to her. That makes this even more disgusting, which shouldn't be possible. Especially since her financial trouble started after she left him, so it was definitely a hard and brave thing for her to do. She broke free of her relationship with a baby daughter and worked her ass off so she could make a safe place for them.
So to have these people compare her to a fucking broodmare, and say he MUST be James. God. It's just...how do they look in the mirror?
When I was in high school this guy named Brian joined a club I was in; he was a total James Potter--tall, thin but muscular, dark hair, chiseled features, amazing blue eyes, glasses, leather jacket, bad boy in general, etc. I fell hard and was extremely disappointed when he started going out with my friend, whose last name happened to be--EVANS. I am not making this up and I only just realized it anyway. Her first name wasn't Lily and his last name wasn't Potter; I won't post her first name because I don't want to "out" her. She was nice enough and I ended up deciding that she and Brian made a nice couple, though it didn't last.
But yeah--I have a "type" too, but I think I always assumed it was that I liked guys who looked like Brian, since this was a while before HP was written. When I see a guy like this when I'm out running it's very hard not to stare!
So JK Rowling was young and got into a relationship she came to realize was toxic for her and her child, and managed to get out. Instead of applauding her strength and courage, these people are trying to... I don't even know what.