Welcome to the second episode of Book Myth Busters where we take different ideas from the book community and study to see if they are true. I am your host, Rea, and today we will have a lot of fun with today’s topic.
We all have heard it. Some of you all might have even used it as an argument. Mostly we have seen it with the readers who set out to read all books that reviews call problematic because if they don’t read the book they will be advocating censorship. So censorship is something that goes hand in hand with the “snowflake” argument.
If someone says something offensive there is always that one person who says they will not stop acting that way because that would be censorship and that snowflakes just need to grow up. Oh gosh I felt a cold shudder and the lack of human compassion filling those words.
So they see that reviewers are pointing out problematic aspects of books and those problems are enough for some people to take it off their TBR list. Immediately they scream censorship and take it as a personal vendetta to promote that book with ruthlessness. Funny thing that this only happens when the book is pointed out to be -ist or -phobic not when someone takes it off their TBR when they find out it has a love triangle. Go advocate for love triangles too buds!!11!
What reviewers do is not censorship. Reviewers place upon themselves the challenge to provide their readers and insightful talk about a book. Giving the reader a decision if that book is for them or not. Because in the end reading is something people go to for a free moment for their mind and a moment of joy. People read books to enjoy it. No one goes in intending to focus on find hurtful things(except sensitivity readers who are amazing and deserve all the love). To some people reading reviews is the deciding factor if to read the book, so seeing all the fake reviews people give to a book when it’s called out as problematic is affecting the next reader. The people trying to ‘stop’ censorship are doing more harm than good in the community. Reading should be fun and not a place where you’ll find horrible things written about people like you; especially in books intended for young readers when they are just entering the harsh reality we call society.
Another point I just find absolutely…hilarious. The people screaming censorship are the same ones leaving fake reviews on books that have been proven to be diverse. Which, if we look at this through their lens of censorship, is censorship because publishers see ratings and if it’s bad they will stop releasing books that have a diverse aspect to it. Is that just funny? It’s almost as if they just really are racist, homophobic, ableist, and sexist and actually don’t give a royal fuck about censorship.
So for the experiment I just thought I’d do something really easy and painfully obvious. So those “against-censorship” people think we are censoring books. If that was true then books like
- The Second CTM book
- All The ACOTAR series
- Maggie S’s new book
- Jay K. books
would not have around a five star average before they are even published. People still are reading the books, sadly but they do, so what is your problem? Why can’t people point out things they did not like in a book? Why are you so dead set in only having abled white allocishet stories?
The argument of censorship is old and if you read this far you know it doesn’t work. Instead maybe say things like “I want to read racist books” or “Let me make my own opinion if this book is ableist because an able person is the perfect person to decide whether a book is ableist. And honestly I don’t give a shit if it is!”
Now go back to your daily life knowing that warning people about books is not censorship!
With so much hypothetical love,