A brand new e book referred to as Manhunt by transgender writer Gretchen Felker-Martin options J.Ok. Rowling, writer of the favored Harry Potter collection, as a principal villain. The novel is producing controversy for a scene by which Rowling is killed off throughout a fireplace at a Scottish citadel.
The e book is ready in an apocalyptic situation by which folks with a adequate quantity of testosterone get became monstrous beasts. All that is still of humanity are cisgender girls, non-binary folks, transgender males and transgender girls.
Manhunt is advised from a trans perspective, as characters search out feral former people and attempt to escape a faction of authoritarian trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) referred to as “The Knights of J.Ok. Rowling,” who're making an attempt to homicide transgender folks.
Within the e book, the Rowling character travels together with her TERF buddies to a citadel, the place all of them perish after it collapses in an inferno.
TERFs are feminists who exclude transgender girls of their struggle for ladies’s rights — Rowling is taken into account by some as a TERF as a consequence of transphobic tweets she has shared on social media.
Rowling, 56, has claimed that transgender folks erode the idea of womanhood and are “providing cowl to predators like few earlier than it.”
A number of information retailers have reported on plenty of destructive critiques the e book has obtained on Amazon.
“I do not know how this even bought revealed. The existence of this e book proves as soon as once more that misogyny is alright so long as you determine as a member of a sure group,” one reviewer complained. “If you wish to learn a messed-up particular person’s unhinged violent sexual fantasies towards girls then that is the e book for you!”
A handful of different critiques additionally deride the novel for being misogynistic and selling violence towards girls. One reviewer wrote that the e book “describes horrible violence in direction of an precise dwelling particular person which may very well be interpret (sic) by excessive activists as an instruction guide.”
In response to the web backlash, the writer is claiming that supporters of Rowling are flooding the Amazon and Good Reads pages for her e book with destructive feedback.
As of now, Manhunt has 3.8 stars out of 5 on Good Reads and 4.4 stars out of 5 on Amazon’s Canadian web site.
Some critiques on Amazon are acknowledging the controversy the e book has whipped up, with one particular person writing, “This e book is being bombed with one star critiques as a result of it’s written by a trans girl. The phrases ‘misogyny’ and ‘girls hating’ are being thrown round as a result of cis girls can (sic) deal with the truth that a trans girls (sic) has written top-of-the-line dystopian books we’ve seen of the final century.”
An NPR assessment for the e book calls Manhunt “a recent, stomach-turning tackle gendered apocalypse.”
“To be upfront, Manhunt just isn't for everybody. It's gory, and brutal, and sickened me greater than some other horror novel I’ve learn in latest reminiscence. I'm certain it is going to problem many trans readers (like myself) as a lot as it is going to problem cis readers. I imply all this as a honest praise to Felker-Martin’s work,” the assessment reads.
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