J.K. Rowling is not dead. But many people are claiming her career will soon be.
New Book, New Controversy
The fifth installation of her Cormoran Strike book series, Troubled Blood, is drawing backlash over its supposedly “dangerous transgender stereotype.” The storyline follows the cold case of a missing woman who is believed to have been murdered by a cross-dressing male serial killer.
The commotion about Rowling’s stance on transgenderism was reignited by an early book review in The Telegraph by critic Jake Kerridge, who wrote, “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.”
Rather than assuming that, of course, an anti-trans message was her goal, maybe it’s possible that Rowling was drawing on the real-life precedent of male serial killers who stole or wore their female victims’ clothing, or who were dressed as girls as children?
Troubled Blood, which is published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, will be available for purchase on September 15.
Other Controversies This Year
Rowling was the recipient of harsh criticism after her June 6 tweet about “people who menstruate” and her stance supporting biological sex.
The tweet was followed up a personal essay a few days later, explaining her support for biological women and her position in greater detail.
She also signed the July 7 Harper’s Magazine letter, “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” that spoke out against cancel culture and the restriction of free speech.