I feel compelled to write something. I know I’ve touched on this subject again and again. Of late, I’ve ignored the few complaints I get as the person who receives email through NevadaBarr.com, but I find myself particularly incensed this morning.
My worthless opinion which, I’m sure, is at least as obnoxious as anyone elses:
I feel sure that you are aware of the pitfalls in suggesting or perhaps even requiring that an author include or not include certain words and/or subjects in their prose. If your love of books is paramount, one hopes that you unite with readers throughout the United States in supporting our constitutional right to freedom of speech and abhor the possibility of this becoming a country that bans or burns books due to content.
Profanity and explicit sexual content exist throughout literature and art in every language and has been wielded by authors and artists over the centuries to put forth their ideas, stories, poetry, and now blogs and vlogs. One reader’s insistence that a story could be told better without the use of this word or that word, this visual or that visual, is ludicrously erroneous. Curbing artistic expression cripples the artist and benefits no one. If authors were forced to conform to the constraints of public opinion, literature would become flat to those of us who enjoy a well told tale.
People who “suggest” that a story could be told better without the profanity, or who imply that the use of certain words or visuals are tools of the lazy author make my head explode. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. Write your own damn book.