With the impending release of Lethal White, the next volume in J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike Mysteries, an old question occurred to me. Has there been any uptick in enthusiasm from her fanbase? Maybe I don’t pay enough attention, however I still don’t know whether the series has yet to pick up steam.
I hope the series does pick up notice. It’d be a mistake for her fans to neglect what so far has proven to be a more or less fine-tuned storytelling machine. At the same time, it is possible to take a few educated guesses at just why the series might be held back from total popularity. It can even be argued what elements of the books themselves might keep it from a wider appeal. I bring the topic of the books’ reception up because I think that if the response to Cormoran Strike should ever turn out to be more guarded than that given to the Potter series, then it helps to understand the reasons why longtime fans might turn out to have a surprising amount of ambivalence with regard to the latest fictional exploits of their favorite author.
With that in mind, after the jump, you’ll find a list of aspects about the series, Jo Rowling’s fans, and what a potential clash between the two could mean for the series’ prospects. [Read more…]