JK Rowling's Latest Book Slammed by Critics, Social Media

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday September 14, 2020

"Harry Potter" author JK Rowling isn't making things easier for herself with her new book's premise of a cross-dressing cisgender male serial killer murdering women, The Mirror reports.

"Troubled Blood," Rowling's latest book authored under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the fifth in her "Cormoran Strike" series. In a review for "Troubled Blood," critic Jake Kerridge at The Telegraph sums up the problem:

"The meat of the book is the investigation into a cold case: the disappearance of GP Margot Bamborough in 1974, thought to have been a victim of Dennis Creed, a transvestite serial killer.

"One wonders what critics of Rowling's stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress."

Twitter has also been abuzz with criticism:

Some have even responded to "Troubled Blood" on Twitter using #ripjkrowling:

In the last year, Rowling has made a series of anti-trans comments that have outraged fans. The apex appeared to happen in June, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and during the global fight for Black Lives Matter, Rowling tweeted "'People who menstruate.' I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?" Rowling appeared to escalate the situation and provoke in her social media posts:

At press time, Rowling has yet to offer any response to these criticisms.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.