Now JK Rowling is writing bad self-inserted fanfic

Just when you’ve probably thought “oh well, JK Rowling has been quiet,” she smells him in the water and raises her head once more. The once-beloved author has become a vocal, transphobic Twitter user who still writes books and publishes things (which is normal, people unfortunately keep buying things from her) and now she has a new book that seems … a bit too close to home.

Every day there’s a new Rowling story is another day I sigh and wonder why she couldn’t be left alone (which I’m sure will be a problem for her since she love to act like she’s been silenced as she, a world-renowned author with a net worth of over $1 billion, tweets these thoughts to millions of Twitter followers).

Rowling, who in 2020 showed her true TERF-y colors online, fought a two-year battle to prove to the ghosts of who f**k cares that she’s right about her exclusive and essentialist trans views. of the kind. (She’s not.) That means she’s just tweeting and those who already agreed with her are the ones listening, while the rest of us have moved on from her harmful mess. Even businesses and entities once associated with her wizarding world grew distant from her after her public transphobia. (Remember when the sport of quidditch changed its name to “quadball”? Now, that seems to be bleeding into her work, whether she wants to admit it or not.

So now what does she do?

According to the opinion of The telegraph, Rowling’s new book is about a female celebrity who is “hunted down by self-righteous children’s fantasy fans” and…girl, come on. Rowling, who writes under the male pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, continues to work on her Cormoran Strike series and this novel really seems like just bad self-inserted fic.

For context, the summary according to Amazon reads: “When a frantic, disheveled Edie Ledwell appears in the office begging to speak to her, private investigator Robin Ellacott isn’t quite sure what to make of the situation. The co-creator of a popular cartoon, The inky heart, Edie is being persecuted by a mysterious online character who goes by the alias of Anomie. Edie desperately seeks to uncover Anomie’s true identity. Robin decides the agency can’t help with it – and doesn’t think about it again until a few days later when she reads the shocking news that Edie was tasered and then murdered at Highgate Cemetery, the location of The inky heart.”

Again, really bad self-inserted fanfic. Now, don’t get a bad taste in your mouth for self-inserted fanfics, because we definitely think there’s nothing wrong with self-inserted fics! But it’s like taking the worst of the worst of those tropes, adding some grievances and a persecution chip on the shoulder, and then giving it a massive public platform. That’s what Rowling apparently did here. The idea is, I guess, that she’s akin to the popular co-creator who ends up being martyred for her opinions (which we assume are also totally vindicated in the book). Running with the basic concept here of the creator of a popular property being undoubtedly hunted by evil inhabitants of the internet is certainly a choice she made.

Total offense to JK Rowling, the woman who no longer owns Sirius Black (it’s me and I’ll find the money to take it), but the one time I’ve seen people really double down on calling it a TERF is when she doubles down yet again on her distorted ideas about the trans community.

What Rowling continued to do was turn herself into a victim. If you just have see in the “news” section under her name it’s about how social media is a giveaway for trolls or that she did nothing wrong to get the hate she’s getting, and it’s not There is no acknowledgment from Rowling that she constantly tweets harmful things about the trans community. She would apparently rather play the victim than listen, despite pleas from countless former fans, educators and institutions dedicated to countering her claims or exposing her behavior.

So his new book depicting a transphobic, racist creator as a victim is uhhhhh not surprising, and it’s the kind of fanfic you’d start reading and say “ew god no” and never come back to. Here’s what appears to be a fitting one-star review from the book’s Amazon page, under the succinctly titled “Trash”:

More than 1000 pages for a character who feels like a victim and never takes responsibility for his actions. Reflecting Rowling’s real life, the character doesn’t seem to understand the difference between an “opinion” and ideas and ideals which, when spread, invalidate people, their struggles and their fight for human rights. equal to that of all the others in the world.

Don’t worry though, Rowling says it has nothing to do with her own life and online history. On The Graham Norton Radio Show, Rowling claims it has nothing to do with her own online history. “I should say very clearly after some of the things that happened last year that this does not represent [that]”, Rowling said. “I had written the book before some things happened to me online. I said to my husband, “I think everyone is going to see this as a response to what happened to me,” but it really wasn’t. The first draft of the book was finished by the time certain things happened.

But then, as Their. pointed out, much of what would happen to her new persona happened to Rowling so…believe what you want!

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