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Why has JK Rowling being accused of self-victimizing inside her book "The Ink Black Heart" about a transphobic main character when in reality such character's accused of ableism?

Asked by luigirovatti (2869points) October 11th, 2022

I actually took a look at the book and ableism is the main topic there, not transphobism.

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A self-insert doesn’t have to be an exact replication of real life. It being slightly different is actually kind of a classic self-insert: “oh this novel is about someone named H.Q. Bowling accused of abelism”. It’s a very thinly-veiled self-insert.

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@Demosthenes: I’m just saying there’s a lot of misinformation out there. This doesn’t help.

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@luigirovatti As far as I know, transphobia is part of the story so it’s not incorrect to reference transphobia in the context of the characterization (I would imagine that a lot of this is coming from people who haven’t read the book and only know that there’s a character accused of several things, one of which is not coincidentally transphobia, even if it not the main focus of the story). In either case, it doesn’t change the fact that this book is an obvious self-insert.

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