I've been reading Mr. King's novels and short stories since Carrie was first published. Mr. King's writing has provided me with hundreds of hours of quality entertainment. For most of that time, I had no idea what Mr. King's political leanings were, nor was I even curious. That information was irrelevant. Mr. King wrote and published. I bought and enjoyed. What else do you need to know? Lately, for the last 10 years or so, I have noticed something different included in Mr. King's works; a heavy-handed, almost clumsy inclusion of a political point of view. I think it all started with Lisey's Story in 2006 and for me culminated with Under the Dome in 2009. Under the Dome was the first of Mr. King's novels I could not finish, try as I might. I'd be reading it, slowly getting lost in the story and the character's lives, when 'Wham!'; Mr. King would insert another blatant political opinion and my suspension of disbelief would come crashing down. I know Mr. King receives more than his share of negative correspondence for various reasons and must have developed the thick skin necessary for a person that writes for a living. What I do not understand, is Mr.King's apparent willingness to alienate half of his potential audience in The United States. Has Mr. King become so rich that he doesn't care? And what does all of this indicate about Mr. King's respect for his fans and their opinions?
I have doubts that this post will even reach the stage of being published as a thread on this web site, let alone receive an answer from Mr. King.
But, Mr. King, if you are listening, please let this fan and others know why you have performed the literary equivalent of jumping on Oprah's couch.