Here’s the latest news from the Guardian James Bond books to be reissued with racial references removed.
Then there’s the provocative heading from the New York Times: The Truth About the ‘Censorship’ of Roald Dahl
And what about the news about Kate Forbes and whether she is fit for office in Scotland. Can someone’s personal religious views restrict the public office they hold? This isn’t to do with publishing and writing, but it is relevant.
On the face of it we could all perceive these issues as a great thing. After all we are living in enlightened times … Aren’t we? We respect everyone’s way of life as long as it does not impair our own.
We are far more aware of racism, sexism, fatism and all the other isms and I’m sure as authors we see it as our responsibility to watch out for the words and phrases we use which might upset.
As a publisher we have an even greater responsibility don’t we, to ensure that the books we launch out to the public will not offend anyone?
Another question to you:
How can we do all of this without affecting creativity as an author, constricting the richness of the English language and living in fear of offending someone?
We don’t have the answers but do you?
5 thoughts on “Writers ~ Do the wave of amendments to novels from the past, affect how you write in the present?”
You are brave -:bringing in the SNP leadership
I wait to see if you have any comments.
You are brave getting involved in the SNP elections
I will be looking for interesting comments
Looks like there haven’t been any yet. So much for being a bit controversial 😉
Well one way to deal with this, though that should not be the angle of approach, is through character. In real life objectionable people exist and may state objectionable views. A writer of fiction can include such characters and represented what they say. What might not be a good idea is for the writer to air them in indirect speech, where the reader may conclude such views are his or her own and hold a demo outside his/her house.
That’s a useful point to make Rod. Thanks for popping by.