British author J K Rowling is trending on Twitter with the hashtag #RIPJKRowling, after she is being reported dead by some non-fans who consider her career long gone.
The author actually attracted more trouble towards herself after the release of her latest book, titled Troubled Blood.
One would wonder why the release of a new book would trigger hate comments against an author who was once celebrated by millions of people across the world? Following her controversial comments of transgender women, her freshly-released book encircles a cross-dressing serial killer.
In June, Rowling defended past controversial transphobic comments in a lengthy essay, which also revealed that she was sexually assaulted as a young woman.
“I’m concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition and also about the increasing numbers who seem to be detransitioning (returning to their original sex), because they regret taking steps that have, in some cases, altered their bodies irrevocably, and taken away their fertility,” she wrote.
One user commented:
“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.”
“#RIPJKRowling she [ain’t] dead but her career is,” a second user remarked.
The hashtag certainly left a lot of people bemused who thought the writer had actually died, after which Twitter had to issue a clarification about Rowling still being alive.
Other fans were initially confused as to why the R.I.P. hashtag was trending while some even seemed to believe it. One Twitter user was amused that the social-media giant actually had to clarify Rowling was not dead in the trending section’s explanation.
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“Troubled Blood” follows a private detective, Cormoran Strike, as he investigates a cisgender male serial killer who dons women’s clothing to kill female victims.
Using the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, it’s the fifth book in Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series using the pen name.
It is however important to note that J K Rowling is not dead!