Netizens are expressing outrage over the latest instalment of J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike Series, titled Troubled Blood, which features a transgender man donning dresses and killing women. In the last few months, the author of Harry Potter was widely criticised for her views on transgender issues.
In the review published in The Telegraph, the writer deliberates how the book will be inferred by the author’s critics, as the theme of the book boils down to conveying the following message: never trust a man donning a dress.
Needless to say, social media is blowing up with criticism as this book comes after several divisive remarks by the author on transgender issues.
In the UK, it did not take long for #RIPJKROWLING to begin trending on Twitter, with several users sharing their thoughts about the author and the theme of the new book.
However, there were several others who claimed that the book, which will be released on Tuesday, is in no way transphobic and added that all the detractors must read the novel before arriving at conclusions.
Observer journalist Nick Cohen wrote: ‘I’ve read the latest Strike novel, and the claim it’s anti-trans is total sh***. I can’t tell you why it is total sh*** without giving away the ending. So until you read it yourself, which you should, you will just have to trust me: this is total sh***.’
A few months ago, she faced widespread backlash on social media when she joked about an article that spoke about “people who menstruate,” instead of using the term “women.” She wrote: ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’
The lead actors in the acclaimed Harry Potter series- Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint- also expressed their disapproval of the author’s statements.
Writer Heather Horgan tweeted: “There are so many pathetic things about JK Rowling’s new “cis man in a dress commits crimes” detective novel, but one of the main ones has to be that this writer who considers herself a master of a mystery really just recycled the plot of Ace Ventura.”
The fifth book of the Cormoron Strike series was published by Sphere, which is an imprint of the Little, Brown Book Group.
Little, Brown Book Group is owned by Hachette, which is also one of several publishers involved in Miss Rowling’s children’s book The Ickabog.
Back in June, many people involved in the production of the book reportedly rebelled in the midst of a heated meeting.
‘They said they were opposed to her comments and wanted to show support for the trans lobby. These staff are all very ‘woke’, mainly in their twenties and early thirties, and apparently, it is an issue they feel very strongly about,’ an insider reported.