RIP JK Rowling: Author faces backlash over new book, here's why

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Cynthia Nixon: JK Rowling's transgender comments 'really painful' for her transgender son

J.K. Rowling is releasing a crime thriller about a male serial killer who disguises as a woman, raising concerns on Twitter.

An early review of the novel in United Kingdom paper The Telegraph (via PinkNews) sign-posts that Troubled Blood, the fifth in Robert Galbraith's series, focuses on protagonist PI.

Rowling has been embroiled in a very heated public feud with transgender activists over her comments defending "natal girls and women", a phrase meant to refer to people who were born female, as opposed to transgender women. We're a Harry Potter family.

"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", Jake Kerridge writes in his review.

Rowling's new book, "Troubled Blood", which will be released September 15, is the fifth novel in her Cormoran Strike detective series, which she pens under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

"'People who menstruate.' I'm sure there used to be a word for those people".

On Twitter, many are critical of Troubled Blood and Rowling, calling it everything from a cynical way to profit off transphobia to an example of how Rowling has to write fictional versions of the trans women she fears, as they don't exist in the real world. "Someone help me out".

In Disclosure: Trans Lives On Screen, multiple trans women discuss the impact of Silence Of The Lambs' cross-dressing serial killer Buffalo Bill upon the wider understanding of trans people, saying that for many, it's their main or only image of a trans person. "I know she feels like she's standing up for feminism, but I don't get it". It isn't hate to speak the truth.

"There was one dad who said, 'At a certain point, the decision seemed to me I could have a dead son or a live daughter, ' and it's like, after you say that, what more is there to say?" When asked if Rowling's trans comments made her uncomfortable with re-watching the films, Nixon referenced Daniel Radcliffe's defence of the trans community, which he released through The Trevor Project in June. Honestly, I believe it. I stand alongside the fearless women and men, gay, straight and trans, who're standing up for freedom of speech and thought, and for the rights and safety of some of the most vulnerable in our society: young gay kids, fragile teenagers, and women who're reliant on and wish to retain their single sex spaces.

Troubled Blood tells the story of a cis male serial killer who dresses like a woman to murder victims.

Rowling has yet to respond to the controversy around "Troubled Blood".

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