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J.K. Rowling’s new book isn’t actually about a transvestite serial killer



The Telegraph review chose to go big on [the character] Creed, describing him as “a transvestite serial killer” and asking “what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues” would make of it. But Creed is just one of many suspects – and without giving too much away, he is not the main villain, nor is he portrayed as trans or even called a “transvestite” by Rowling.”

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honestly i couldn't give a shit what the book is about. i'm at bitch eating dry ass scones level with this woman. and why is she writing under a man's name anyway, if she has issues with trans folk?
What possible reason could there be for a woman publish under a male pseudonym???
Lmao, for JK ROWLING, the richest most beloved most influential author in the world, to publish under a male name? None

vixenesque93

1 month ago

emma2403

1 month ago

trekkiepetrelli

1 month ago

insomniachobs

1 month ago

i could see if she was trying to break the glass ceiling/avoid potential sexism with a publisher, but jk rowling shouldn't need that even if she wrote under a woman's pseudonym. her publisher would probably know it was her regardless.
What I'd love to know is why did she choose the name of a guy who experimented with conversion therapy.

Though I'm sure it was just a coincidence /s

queasybake

1 month ago

drbat

1 month ago

yami_no_hoshi

1 month ago

margerydaw_s2

1 month ago

If I remember correctly she wanted to try out if she could write a well received book without disclosing herself as the writer. and then someone leaked after the book was released that it was her

bangorilla

1 month ago

marthasback

1 month ago

She new what she was doing and she can go fuck herself.
Yeah, this is where I am. Even if this is true, what she's been saying recently colours this differently.
With her track record she really just shouldn't be writing anything within that realm at all.
besides everything else, this is 944 pages long
I thought Midnight Sun being 800 pages was a slog.
I made it about 300 of those and said peace
Isn't it like a thriller/mystery? Aren't those usually tightly-plotted and like 300 pages long?

I love reading and I'm not sure I've even read a book nearly a thousand pages long before lol
BRONZE HORSEMAN AND DUNE aren't even that long lmfao

anolinde

1 month ago

notoriousreign

1 month ago

Hire an editor
Maybe it's just because I've read the unabridged version of Les Miserables multiple times and am working through Anna Karenina, but that doesn't strike me as being all that ridiculous.

emma2403

1 month ago

cool explanation, but she’s still transphobic and is using her massive platform to spread rhetoric that is actively harming trans people, so maybe the Guardian can cut us some slack for not giving her the benefit of the doubt on this one
fr what is this gotcha moment? wow we thought someone who generates press from their transphobia was continuing to generate press from transphobia, u got us
op aint shit we been knew

drbat

1 month ago

How is it actively harming trans people? Where is the actual evidence of that? I'm really tied of that line being used when there is zero evidence of that happening. Stop blaming women's words for men's actions.

trueloveisrarex

1 month ago

bttrsondaughter

1 month ago

eldvno

1 month ago

simontheduck

1 month ago

vixenesque93

1 month ago

minouminou

1 month ago

triviagogo29

1 month ago

eldvno

1 month ago

triviagogo29

1 month ago

eldvno

1 month ago

minouminou

1 month ago

eldvno

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minouminou

1 month ago

peddlestools

1 month ago

sparklytootsie

1 month ago

she's still a transphobe. next.
fuck her regardless ♥️
are we supposed to think she's less of a transphobe bc "there's a transvestite man, but he may or may not be the murderer"???

the audacity of this white shitstain to complain about cancel culture and then release a book that other transphobes support. i wish it were real so we wouldn't have to hear or read about her doubling down on her ignorance every other week or so.
right? the mere existence of such a character in a transphobe's novel is bullshit.

crystalzelda

September 15 2020, 19:13:30 UTC 1 month ago Edited:  September 15 2020, 19:14:11 UTC

I mean, everyone here sucks, JKR for obvious reasons but it’s not like I’m gonna give asspats to the reviewers who purposely and in bad faith wrote a review designed to induce outrage in order to get clicks. That helps literally no one and feeds into the belief that news publications are untrustworthy and biased for their own profit and benefit. Do better Telegraph
IA.
Good point.
Yep, agreed. (also your icon!!!!)
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triviagogo29

September 15 2020, 21:17:04 UTC 1 month ago Edited:  September 15 2020, 21:17:58 UTC

The Telegraph is an anti-trans right-wing outlet so I hardly doubt their objective was to cause “outrage”. They probably loved it.

Plus, there’s no point asking for a far right paper (which is basically the entirety of British media) to “do better”.
The ENTIRE book/plot may not be centered around this, but she's still very transphobic -- from all of her recent comments and for this sub-plot, or whatever people want to call it.
Ooooh, if the guardian says we shouldn't worry!
Instead, he is a man who had “camouflaged himself behind an apparently fey and gentle facade”. Having been abused as a child, Creed begins watching women undressing in secret at the age of 12, stealing women’s underwear and wearing it while masturbating. On one work night out, he puts on the coat of a female colleague and sings a song. He has “a convivial, sexually ambiguous persona that worked well with the drunk and lonely”; when a stash of jewellery is found hidden below his floorboards, “he said he’d bought it because he liked to cross-dress”. In reality, this was a lie to cover that these were trophies taken from his victims.

Creed is described as a “genius of misdirection in his neat little white van, dressed in the pink coat he’d stolen from [his landlady] Vi Cooper, and sometimes wearing a wig that, from a distance, to a drunk victim, gave his hazy form a feminine appearance just long enough for his large hands to close over a gasping mouth”.

wtf
Yeah so this is the description the article above gives about what is actually going on in the book and I feel comfortable saying that this is still transphobic. I mean, right down to the focus on the large hands again...
what is her problem
lol she wasn't content with bastardizing The Worst Witch and Tales from Earthsea. Now she's written her own Silence of the Lambs. We stan a verse bottom.
even if he's not the main villain, she clearly fucking wrote him to be transphobic.
sounds like she's trying to rewrite silence of the lambs. does he also prefer fat women so he can wear their skin?
how is this not transphobic.

zeysech

1 month ago

ponyboy

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zeysech

1 month ago

eldvno

1 month ago

ponyboy

1 month ago

2_on

1 month ago

i love that this character contains all of the properties of a transphobic dog-whistle, but bc jk doesn't specifically describe the villain as trans, we shouldn't be mad about it

gloeden

September 15 2020, 20:52:26 UTC 1 month ago Edited:  September 15 2020, 20:56:00 UTC

That's...not someone who is trans.
That's a murderer putting on a disguise.
The Telegraph really reached to get those clicks.

Edited to add: BUT, JK using this idea, given her history, her statements, her publicized beliefs? DOES put a transphobic spin on something that is a bit of a serial murderer trope that is more about psychosexual disguise than self-identification. It's transphobic because of the source and their ideas.

I see it. But I think it's being explained badly.

badlands

1 month ago

gloeden

1 month ago

yeah she knew exactly what she was doing. wtf.
This may be true, and that’s fine, but JKR is a transphobic asshole aside from this book, which is why it was so easy to believe she was doing yet more transphobic bullshit. She has shown us who she is, loudly and gleefully, so I’m not ashamed of trusting the behaviors she’s displayed multiple times.
Thank you for this follow up. It's clearly that the ones who are obsessed are the people who didn't even bother opening up the book. They just saw PinkNews and it's propoganda and immediately saw fire. It really says a lot that people are taking a minor character clearly based off Ted Bundy/Ed Gein/BTK and then thinking it's clearly some transphobic dogwhistle.
I mean... based on the description given by the article, the killer still cross dresses in order to trick women and then kills them. Did any of those guys do that? Because I feel like that clearly is a transphobic dogwhistle.
I'm not a true crime freak, but just quickly looking it up Ed Gein, Jerry Brudos, and Hadden Clark all dressed "as women" at some point in their killing sprees. And I really don't think that WHEN they "dressed as women" matters when clearly this is something that a lot of sadistic serial killers engaged in to the point that it became a trope.

zeysech

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eldvno

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numara

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eldvno

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numara

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eldvno

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ponyboy

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zeysech

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eldvno

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zeysech

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eldvno

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zeysech

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eldvno

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zeysech

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peddlestools

1 month ago

yeah, but coupled with her history? nah son.
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