Censorship anyone?

It looks as if censorship is alive and well right now. Many people on Smashwords got an email about their books being banned on there or that they would need to take them down if they contained certain elements. These elements are: rape, bestiality, necrophilia, and incest. This is because PayPal decided that they did not want to be involved with these types of themes and as the payment processor for Smashwords, it was complied with.

I don’t believe in censorship. One of my short stories has very adult themes and utilizes a couple of the banned elements. Since it is free, my story remains on Smashwords and since Amazon doesn’t use PayPal, I’m fine there. However, why should I have to censor myself and what I write? Why should PayPal decide what is or isn’t reprehensible behavior in fiction? The key word here is fiction. Should we also ban books on serial killers? I mean, that is definitely an illegal act as well and just as reprehensible.

What is amusing is that my only bad review so far is from someone that read my story and thought the language and plot choice was atrocious and without conscience. However, that is someone’s opinion. I have no desire to read romance novels but does that mean they should be banned?

I feel awful for those that have had their books banned and I can only hope that they have another avenue to showcase their work such as Amazon, where there isn’t an issue about censorship at the present.


About Karsun

I’m a freelance writer, website designer and overall Jill of all trades that lives in sunny and stormy Florida. Shauna Klein is my pen name and I’m married with children that have fins, feathers and fur. I have a short story in the Cemetery Dance book In Laymon’s Terms and a blurb in the book The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. I also have short stories on Amazon that can be found by searching for Shauna Klein.

Posted on February 25, 2012, in censorship and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I totally understand what you mean here. I write really nasty horror under one name, but I sell a huge amount of erotica under another name. While I haven’t played with any of the banned themes you mentioned in your post, my work is often graphic and explicit and I don’t hold anything back. If someone were to censor my stories for this – my comment would have to be “don’t read horror or erotica if you don’t like what they contain, you silly bugger. Buy Mills and Boon or the Twilight series instead if you’re that sensitive to adult themes”. :p

  2. I never believed in censorship either. I always believed it is up to the individual person what they did or did not want to read or see. I don’t think anyone should dictate what people read or see.

  3. I have read banned books, and the reasons for banning them are almost always political. I don’t think this is much different. The right wing of politicians want to make fundamentalist Christians as happy as possible so they’ll get votes and money from this (unfortunately) growing group. They (fundamentalists) think that “jesus won’t like those evil things” and so they should be censored. Reminds me of Hitler censoring anything written by a Jewish author, a communist, a socialist, or anyone who even hinted at dislike of the Nazy party or its actions (then they killed the writers…). Censorship is always wrong. If I don’t like something (and I share your dislike of romance, Shauna!) I just won’t read it. I don’t think it should be banned. I don’t think bad poetry or “horse opera” westerns should be banned either. If you can’t face the adult world, go to the children’s section of the library or bookstore! Thanks for a great post!

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