Hello, lovely peeps, Doris here with her Tuesday Thoughts.
Bet I got your attention with that title, huh? Seriously, though, don’t be that author, reader, reviewer, average joe, just don’t.
I’ve talked about this on here before and several of us have and will no doubt do so again. To quote a line from one of my kids’ favourite Christmas songs. Santa Claus is coming to Town.
He sees you when you’re sleeping
And he knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
We all learned this in kindergarten, for crying out loud, yet when the internet is involved all filters seem to go by the wayside, and before you know it there’s another witch hunt going on.
I learned over the weekend of yet another one, which resulted in an author pulling off social media accounts and their book being pulled off Amazon.
(It is now back on there and selling very well from what I can gather, as folks are checking out what the kerfuffle was all about)
Why did this happen? Well, apparently this book contained what some folks decided was a rape scene (the heroine was unconscious at the time, and he has his way with her).
Hmm, dub-con is nothing new, though from what I can gather there were no warnings on the book, though having read the blurb, it’s pretty damn obvious what’s going on. He abducts her to have his babies… Well, hello folks, what does that tell you?
Be that as it may, what was absolutely not alright about all this, was the backlash aimed at the author, and the fact that someone took it upon themselves to report the book for its contents.
That smacks of censorship, and as I said in a different post on here, Hello, it’s FICTION.
Besides, if you started to limit art so that it never offends anyone, well, life would be pretty boring for starters, and, besides it’s impossible to do. Human nature being what it is, someone will always not like something you write.
That does not give the offended person the right to then go on a witch hunt and with the help of their minions to make another person’s life hell for something they wrote.
That’s bullying, folks.
The mature adult thing to do, and if you’re browsing the Erotica section on Amazon, then you damn well better be an adult is to scroll on by if something is not to your taste. By all means, write a review if you read something and let other folks know that XYZ story might be a trigger fest.
That’s fine and the author ought to be aware of that, and most of us try very hard to include warnings. I know Evernight puts warnings on our books if there is stuff in there which might/will offend some readers.
One could, of course, argue that anything could trigger someone, but dub-con, let alone rape is a pretty big no no. In fact, most publishers, Evernight included will not publish books with Rape scenes in them.
However, guess what, folks. With more and more people self-pubbing their stories, the onus really falls on you, the reader, to ensure you know what the hell you are reading.
I maintain if that is not your thing, then why are you looking at those books in the first place? I digress, however, back on the topic of not being a douche canoe.
Even, if you happen to read a book, that didn’t have a warning, and suddenly you’re there, stop reading. Like I said voice your frustration in a constructive manner, and then move on. Don’t go on a personal attack, or make it your mission to rid Amazon of books like that.
No one has the right to tell another adult person what they should or shouldn’t be reading. It’s a free country, folks, and thank God for that.
And if you’re an author in the romance community, then it’s even more important to just scroll on by. You might not agree with another author’s choice of storytelling, but that doesn’t make that author any less entitled to tell their story their way.
There is plenty of room for all of us. From the Christian Romance writers to the Dinosaur Porn ones.
Would I want to read the latter? Well, actually I did read one. Well, not a Dinosaur, this was Bigfoot and it was a hoot. You simply cannot take stories like that seriously and read with that in mind I enjoyed it in a, I don’t believe I’m reading this way.
My curiosity thus satisfied, I never picked anything like that up again, and have no intention of doing so in the future.
In truth, I didn’t find it offensive. Now the lactation porn ones, they do turn my stomach, but again, you just scroll on by.
No one forces another person to read anything, and what other folks chose to spend their hard-earned cash on is not my or your business. Read what you want to read. Write what you want to write.
I could carry on here on my soap box, but you get the idea by now, I’m sure.
Don’t be a douche canoe.
Do stay naughty, though…