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

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday September 14, 2020

JK Rowling
JK Rowling  (Source:Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

"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.

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