JK Rowling says e book character in transphobia row has actual life roots

London, September 17

JK Rowling mentioned one of many characters in her new crime novel, a male killer who on one event disguises himself as a lady to abduct a sufferer, was loosely based mostly on two actual life murderers.

In a vitriolic on-line debate, pro- and anti-Rowling hashtags trended on Twitter after the novel’s publication on Tuesday, as a result of an early evaluate within the Telegraph newspaper mentioned the e book’s ethical appeared to be “never trust a man in a dress”.

Critics of the “Harry Potter” writer accused her of showing prejudice via a transphobic trope, whereas supporters defended her proper to jot down fiction with out folks leaping to conclusions about her beliefs or abusing her.

Rowling has lengthy confronted accusations of transphobia, which she rejects, due to a few of her tweets. In an essay in June, she defended her proper to talk about trans and gender points with out concern of abuse and detailed her considerations in regards to the influence of some trans activism on girls’s rights.

The 900-page e book “Troubled Blood” is the fifth within the Cormoran Strike collection Rowling has printed underneath the identify Robert Galbraith.

Writing on her Galbraith web site, Rowling described the character as “a sadistic serial killer active in the 60s and 70s, who was loosely based on real life killers Jerry Brudos and Russell Williams—both master manipulators who took trophies from their victims”.

Brudos and Williams each fetishised and stole gadgets of ladies’s clothes earlier than they had been jailed, within the United States and Canada respectively, for a number of murders.

The publishers mentioned 100,000 copies of “Troubled Blood” had been bought within the UK market on the primary day, together with hardback copies, e-books and audio books. Reuters


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