Book censorship has been a rope around the necks of many a writer for centuries. It has tried to deter promising authors from unleashing their creativity. Rooted in fear, its goal is to prevent any words put to paper that stray away from accepted societal norms from ever seeing the light of day. Book censorship is partly responsible for the rising popularity of self-publishing – with those writers that are unable to overcome the challenges of this suppression taking to the internet in order to bring their works to the wider world.
However, with the concept of censorship slowly but surely invading the online arena, self-publishing is no longer a trusted alternative for writers to depend on. This is especially true because self-publishing resources like Amazon are beginning to buckle under the pressure of angry critics determined to control the content disseminating across the World Wide Web.
For a literary work to face the book censorship axe, it must first face a challenge. This referring to an objection from an individual who will then take steps to have the content in question removed or restricted from a given space such as a library. While a select few writers have been known to openly challenge the restrictive nature of censorship and the regulations surrounding its deployments, most authors today have come to accept this Yolk as inevitability. These “conformists” have chosen to toe the line in order to keep their publishing dreams alive.
Topics to Shy Away from to Avoid Book Censorship
The key to avoiding the stronghold of book censorship and the weight of raging citizens is to walk a tight rope around those most controversial issues. ChatEbooks lists down some of the most controversial issues you should watch out for.
Race is a particularly touchy subject today. In fact, few writers can claim to have truly mastered the art of exploring race, especially in fiction and non-fiction. Writers are often warned against crafting material that appears to encourage racism in any notable fashion. However, with most audiences often bringing a certain level of bias to their reading experience, this can prove difficult. Even fictitious works that operate within boundaries free of the typical Black/White dynamic can be misinterpreted through biased eyes. It is because of such ambiguity surrounding race interpretations that most writers have simply chosen to avoid the subject altogether.
Religion is the most controversial subject in the world and far more likely to attract riotous reactions than even race. And most professional writers today understand the dangers of utilizing religious terms and figures in a profane manner. Few books today that have touched on the subject of religion in any controversial or blasphemous fashion have escaped the weight of censorship, let alone the wrath of readers.
The subject of sex suffers censorship in almost every country in the world. The subject of sex has proven to be quite the powerful selling point, attracting attention in almost all situations and piquing the interest of most audiences around the world. However, prominent as it might be among most cultures, there is a popular belief that sex has no place in literature no matter the context. Few other subjects attract the ire of censorship laws as effectively as sex and sexually stimulating content, even when it is presented within the context of marriage.
Encouragement of “Damaging” Lifestyles
Most modern societies today are determined to manifest the freedom of expression they preach to less developed nations. They’re even willing to turn a blind eye to the borderline blasphemous, racially explosive or sexually explicit literary works. However, even the most liberal governments have been known to act out against books that encourage “damaging” lifestyles. These include lifestyle situations such as drug use, homosexuality and violence.
Book censorship may not be all bad. Especially when you consider the perspective of a concerned parent determined to filter the content reaching his/her children. Many books that have been banned or censored were later were dropped from banned books lists and were no longer considered controversial. Whatever the reason for censoring or banning a book, it is ultimately up to you as a reader make your own judgments and draw your own conclusions.