KEY POINTS

  • #RIPJKRowling was trending on Twitter after a review of the author's new book "Troubled Blood" revealed the plot of the novel
  • The book is based on a male serial killer who dresses as a woman to prey on its victims
  • Social media users claimed that the author has killed her own career with her upcoming book

After being a figure of controversy in the last few months, author JK Rowling is facing yet another backlash from social media for her upcoming book. Rowling’s new book “Troubled Blood” is set to release on Sept. 15, however, a review from The Telegraph is doing rounds online and the publication may have already revealed the plot of the book.

According to the review, the book is based on a male serial killer who dresses as a woman while doing violent killing sprees. As soon as the review surfaced online, social media users started calling out the novelist and began trending the hashtag “#RIPJKRowling” on the micro-blogging website.

Many social media users tweeted that although the author is still alive, her career is most likely dead. 

One of the netizens noted that Rowling is not dead, but she has killed her own career by hating transgenders. The user also claimed that no one would miss the author anyway.

“In memory of JK Rowling. She ain’t dead, but she killed her own career by proudly hating trans people & no one would really miss her that much anyway,” the user tweeted.

Another user hoped that someone would come and tell her that Rowling has never been associated with “Harry Potter” so that she can enjoy her favorite books again.

“JK Rowling: Continues being an unapologetic TERF. Me: Hopelessly praying that it will soon be revealed that Rowling did not write ‘Harry Potter’ and in fact Gilderoy Lockharted the work of another writer who is actually a good person so I can enjoy my fav books again,” the user commented.

“#RIPJKRowling she’s not dead but her transphobic career is. Bye sis,” a netizen wrote.  

Meanwhile, one of the netizens sarcastically said that it was Daniel Radcliffe who actually wrote the book, but Rowling stole all the credit.

“It has been recently revealed that Daniel Radcliffe, actor and star of the Harry Potter films, was in fact the real author of the Harry Potter novels but jealous of Radcliffe’s remarkable genius and prodigy, had stolen all the credit. #RIPJKRowling,” @angelonshrooms wrote.

Many expressed their disappointment with the trending hashtag and said it is bizarre for people to use such hashtags on social media.

Piers Morgan, one of the most famous celebrities in the U.K., also tweeted about the matter and blasted people for trending the hashtag, calling them “viciously intolerant.”

“The fact #RIPJKRowling is trending says all you need to know about the woke brigade – they’re nastier & more viciously intolerant than anyone they preach about,” Morgan tweeted.

In response to the #RIPJKRowling hashtag, many social media users started trending the “#IStandWithJKRowling” hashtag and called the other hashtag “insidiously hateful.”

“The fact the disgusting hashtag #RIPJKRowling is trending on this mess if a platform, tells you everything you need to know about the mindset of these TRAs. Read the comments. Don’t ever ask me to justify my position on this again. It’s sick. Just Sick. #IStandWithJKRowling,” @DreyfusJames wrote.

The whole episode started with Rowling mocking a headline for using gender-inclusive language about menstruation.

“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Rowling tweeted in June.

A lot of celebrities, including Radcliffe and Eddie Redmayne, slammed the novelist for her comments and apologized to the fans for it.

JK Rowling J.K. Rowling attends the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 12, 2017, in London. Photo: Getty Images/John Phillips