Many followers of “Harry Potter” creator J.Ok. Rowling are declaring that her latest e-book seems to bear some similarities to her personal life, because the plot revolves round an artist who’s doxxed on-line.
“The Ink Black Coronary heart,” written underneath Rowling’s pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, follows Edie Ledwell, the creator of a fashionable YouTube cartoon who’s “persecuted by a mysterious on-line determine,” based on the e-book’s Amazon description. The novel, which was launched Tuesday, is the sixth e-book in her thriller sequence “Cormoran Strike.”
NBC Information has not reviewed a replica of the e-book.
In keeping with Rolling Stone, the character Edie Ledwell “sees web trolls and her personal fandom activate her after the cartoon was criticized as being racist and ableist, in addition to transphobic for a bit a few hermaphrodite worm.”
On-line, some prompt that life appears to mimic artwork in Rowling’s newest e-book.
“Primarily based on what I’ve seen on Twitter relating to the brand new JK Rowling e-book, someone actually shouldn’t have taken ‘write what ’ half as severely as she apparently did,” one user wrote.
Rowling first drew headlines in 2019 when she publicly supported Maya Forstater, a British tax specialist who was fired over tweets that have been deemed to be anti-trans. Over time, Rowling has doubled down on her views in a number of weblog posts and tweets, which many critics have referred to as transphobic.
A consultant for Rowling declined a request for remark Tuesday and referred NBC Information to the Q&A section of the book’s website.
A query within the Q&A asks, “How a lot of the novel is drawn from your individual expertise?” Rowling states the e-book “isn’t about my expertise of — as being a creator. My expertise — if I wrote about my expertise as a creator, it could look very completely different.”
“I’ve by no means created a e-book — and this e-book actually isn’t created from my very own expertise — , with a view to speaking about my very own life,” she stated. “That doesn’t imply, in fact, that your individual life expertise isn’t within the e-book.”
Nevertheless, as a result of she had been planning “this e-book for therefore lengthy,” she stated, “a few the issues that occur on this e-book have since occurred to me.”
“And so, I want to be very clear that I haven’t written this e-book as a solution to something that occurred to me,” she stated. “Though I’ve to say when it did occur to me, those that had already learn the e-book in manuscript kind have been — are you clairvoyant? I wasn’t clairvoyant, I simply — yeah, it was simply a kind of bizarre twists. Generally life imitates artwork multiple would really like.”
Jo Yurcaba contributed.