JK Rowling’s new novel has been mocked online after a journalist revealed some pages are filled with fictional tweets.
The author, 57, published The Ink Black Heart on Tuesday under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
The novel tells the story of an illustrator who is persecuted online for her views on transgender people, an issue very similar to the negative attention the Harry Potter author has received for her own views on the subject in recent years Has.
Rowling took inspiration from her Twitter woes and filled some of her 1,200-page thrillers with tweets, but critics branded them “unimaginative” and “unreadable.”
The move was derided by US-based editor Nathan J. Robinson, who shared several excerpts Twitter and wrote: “I realize that JK Rowling’s new novel may seem a little long at 1,200 pages, but a good chunk of space is taken up by fictional mean tweets.”
JK Rowling 57 published her latest novel The Ink Black Heart under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith on Tuesday and was mocked online after current affairs editor Nathan J. Robinson shared several excerpts on Twitter
Rowling took inspiration from her Twitter woes and filled much of her 1,200-page new thriller with tweets, but critics branded her “unimaginative” and “unreadable.”
He then shared several screenshots of the novel, revealing pages of full tweets and others containing only a small section of text, with six to seven tweets running to the bottom of the page.
The novel tells the story of an illustrator who is persecuted online for her views on transgender people, an issue very similar to the negative attention the Harry Potter author has received for her own views on the subject in recent years Has
Examples of tweets from the novel included, “If God wanted us to have compassion, why did he make crying people look so fkn ugly” and “Can anyone tell that despicable mercenary b**** not to give a shit?” Nap. #stopfeedingFedwell #IstandwithJosh’
Readers have not been impressed with the excerpts, with some saying they are unoriginal and that Rowling’s writing career has taken a sad turn.
“It’s not the main point here, but making all of these tweets feel like they were written by the same person is a damning indictment of their ability to write,” said one.
“Also, I know it should be obvious considering she wrote a book complaining about the trolls, but she really doesn’t see people who disagree with her as people with real beliefs or beliefs on, right? They’re only mean because they are,” they added.
“The tweet appeared while Strike was eating his chips, ‘Truly the greatest writer of our time,'” one quipped, referring to a line in the excerpts shared online.
“Damned. She was clearly one of the most imaginative writers of all time. The Harry Potter world is a creative genius almost unparalleled in written history. It’s a sad turn of events,” wrote another.
“I’m all for writing your experiences and what you know, even if it’s just the same pandering ‘they’re so mean’ shit she always spouts when she’s trying to play the victim of her bigotry. But even in terms of raw formatting and readability, this is… so painful. Unreadable,’ said one.
Robinson shared the pages he stumbled upon in the digital edition of the novel, poking fun at the fact that multiple tweets took up pages and pages of the seemingly hefty book
Excerpts from the book reveal that as part of the intrigue in her new novel, Rowling recreated realistic exchanges one might encounter on Twitter
Some defended the Harry Potter author, saying The Black Ink Heart was like any other epistolary novel.
‘Looks like a contemporary epistolary novel to me. I’m sure some readers of 1897 were unhappy that “Dracula” consisted of so many letters and diary entries,” they said.
Rowling has been repeatedly targeted by trolls after speaking out critically of transgender people in recent years.
It comes just days after Rowling received online death threats from an extremist when she warned that social media is “a gift to people who want to behave viciously”.
Speaking to Graham Norton on his Virgin Radio show earlier this week, she said: “Social media can be a lot of fun and I like the pub quarrels aspect.
“That can be a funny thing. But there is no doubt that social media is a gift to people who want to behave badly.”
As for whether anything can be done to prevent online trolls, she added: “I think on one level I’m not sure I can.
“I’m not sure anyone can do that. I try to behave online the way I want others to behave. I would never want that…I’ve obviously never threatened anyone, and I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to go to their house or anything.”
Readers have so far been unimpressed by the excerpts, with some branding them “unreadable.”
She added that she tweeted the apparent threat from an Islamic extremist over her support for writer Salman Rushdie, before posting a screenshot of the response and commenting: “Those are your guidelines, right? “Violence: You must not threaten violence against any person or group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence… “Terrorism/violent extremism: You must not threaten or encourage terrorism”…”
In an apparent attempt to kick Aziz off Twitter, Rowling later posted, “@TwitterSupport, any chance of support?”.
Rowling has also spoken out about the cancel culture in the past, claiming it has been “cancelled” by younger generations, but in a rare interview she said she “didn’t want to be a part of The Return To Hogwarts reunion”.
The author has often tweeted critically about the use of inclusive language and spaces, most notably retweeting a post that referred to “people who menstruate,” adding, “I’m sure there used to be a word for these people gave. someone help me whoops? wimpund? Woomud?’
Transgender activists say Ms Rowling’s stance is discriminatory and fails to recognize the difficulties transgender and non-binary people face, but some feminists argue it’s important to maintain single-sex spaces to protect vulnerable women.
Ms Rowling has also received backlash from claims she has made to defend herself in 2020, including claiming that only people who are “privileged or fortunate enough to have never encountered male violence” support Inclusive Spaces .
She said: “I stand alongside the brave women and men, gay, straight and trans, who are fighting for freedom of speech and freedom of thought and for the rights and safety of some of the most vulnerable in our society: young gay children, fragile teenagers and women who are… rely on it and want to keep their single sex rooms.
“Surveys show these women are in the vast majority, excluding only those who are privileged or fortunate enough not to have been confronted with male violence or sexual assault and who have never bothered to find out about it to let you know how widespread it is.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-11168489/Critics-brand-J-K-Rowlings-new-novel-unreadable-extracts-reveals-pages-filled-TWEETS.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Critics call JK Rowling’s new novel ‘unreadable’ as excerpts show the pages are filled with TWEETS