So by the title alone, I'm sure you know this is going to be a post that will step on some toes. That being said, I still want my opinion out there. Even though I'm been told quite a few times my opinion doesn't matter because I look white. I don't care, I'm so sick of it.
So I'm sure you'll all seen what's going on in the YA Book Community. If you haven't, then you've been very lucky. So for those that have no idea what I'm talking about. Let's jump right into it.
There has been some books coming out that people have jumped on and said some of these books contain some very bad things. One of these book even got pulled back and it's being rewritten to fit with these people's ideals.... so we will never read the book the way the author intended. Never. Unless you are lucky enough to have gotten an ARC.
We will never get to read that book. Let that sink it. Really think about that. Your choice in the matter of reading that book the way the author intended is gone. You lost that right. They took that right away from you and me.
This group of people have claimed this book is harmful. So it got pulled back to later release date. I have never read this book so I won't go into my opinion on it because I don't have one. Simple as that. I am not one of these people that jump on the bandwagon. I don't read a review and then take that review as fact and that review turns around and becomes my opinion.
I think for myself. I always have and always will.
So all that being said. What really bothers me is that this group of people got a book censored. Yes. Censored.
I don't care what the book was said to contain, maybe it if awful, I honestly doubt it because they all said Carve the Mark was awful and I read it and now know they are seeing things that aren't there. They are making problems that don't exist. But, let's say they are right and this book is bad. That doesn't mean it should be censored.
Censoring things is never a good idea. Never. When you censor things, you are taking away the right to free speech. The freedom for an author to tell whatever story they want to tell. Thus you're taking away my choice/freedom to read whatever the hell I want to read. That my friends doesn't sit well with me.
I'm not even sure I will post this. Part of me is still scared for the backlash even though I've already been called racist, homophobic, and ablest. Which is funny considering, I'm part Native American, bi sexual and live with chronic pain.
So while I know I am none of these things, it still does frighten me, I don't like confrontation, it messes with my anxiety but I'm so sick of these people thinking they can control what gets published if they whine and cry about it enough.
I get it, some people can't/won't read certain things, then don't read the book. Simple, no one is making you read anything you don't want. That's your choice. You can say why you don't want to read the book and move on. You have a choice but by getting books censored or calling people these horrible things... you are A) taking their choice away or B) trying to bully them or make them feel like shit for wanting to read a book you don't like.
You are trying to censor these books.
No one is doing that to you, stop doing it to us. Let me have my choice to read what I want.
I also want to point out that there is nothing wrong with criticizing a book. We do it all the time as bloggers but there is a huge difference between that and trying to censor or bully.
I hope I got my point across without being vile but it is kind of a rant. I just don't want to be like those that call people names that are cruel and unfounded, I don't want to be that way. I hate being mean.
Be nice to each other and let me know your feelings on this topic. Do you think books should be censored or are you like me and do not. Keep it nice. I won't allow hateful comments. Have a great day my butterflies.