Friday, March 12, 2021

Writing: Will Your Book Be Next?

It's tough enough to string together a bunch of words, have it make sense, and get people to like it. Now there are people who are looking at the printed words to find some that are unacceptable and might harm impressionable minds--words such as those penned by Dr. Theodore Geisel (you may know him as Dr. Seuss) and images such as Tom & Jerry (which are supposed to stimulate violence) and Pepe Le Pew (which fosters rape, so the "experts" say).  Cancel culture isn't coming--it's here.

Are you cleaning out your bookshelves to remove some of these books? Have you considered that your words might cause sensitive folks to say they're filled with hidden messages? Authors, have you changed your work-in-progress to make sure what you're writing doesn't send readers to their safe space, never to open one of your books again?

I'm wondering if the writers of Christian fiction will be held to this standard. How about some of the secular books that are filled with questionable language and obscene actions? Where does it begin? And where does it end? What do you think?



Patricia Bradley said...

I know. We are living in perilous times and it happened because we didn't speak when they took prayer out of schools.

I don't plan to change the way I write--I hesitate to say I kill people, but in my books, people die and the good guys bring the bad guys to justice. I hope you continue to do the same!

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I agree. Matter of fact, I may even go a little further to the right with my writing. But I agree--these are perilous times.

Priscilla Bettis said...

I haven't changed my writing. It wouldn't come across as very believable if I did because I'm not very progressive. I'd sound like a phony if I tried to conform to "safe standards."

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, don't let the current climate change the way you write--be true to yourself and God.