Are we policing books too hard or not enough? Are we helping books get banned? Controversial Book Discussion Post. (Massive warning for triggers and hot topics throughout the whole blog post.) Do not read if you don’t feel comfortable with heavy topics/triggers.

 

Let me start this post with a warning.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions.  Please do not start fighting or attacking people in the comments.  We can all be adults and have a conversation to see how we can help with these issues.

 

This post will mostly be about young adult books, but can be pretty much any book.  I’ll be including adult and middle grade topics.  This will also get long because I ramble.  Know ahead of time that I don’t always explain things as well as I should.  I may not get my point across in the right way.  This happens with me a lot.  I am NOT condoning or supporting any illegal behaviors.  I just want to see if we can find ways to show things happening in a way that’s not harmful.  A book can be realistic without it having to be non-fiction.  AGAIN, I am NOT saying any of these illegal activities are ok or good.

 

My anxiety is racing as I write this post since I never want to upset anyone.  I really hope I handled it ok.   I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, but I’ve been terrified to write it all out and publish it.  This is a lot of me thinking out loud and I apologize if I have something bad mentioned.  I’m definitely not saying any of my thoughts are correct.  They are opinions and mostly questions on what we can do differently.  I’ve tried to make it very clear that I don’t condone the acts themselves, but that I want to see how far is too far in YA before it needs to go up to NA or adult fiction which tends to get away with a lot more controversial subjects.  How can books reach the correct audience?  I’m also sorry if I repeat myself a lot.  I’ve added to this post throughout the week.  I have no idea how many times I’ve edited it.  And I’m still second guessing myself and worry about how I’m coming off.

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