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First off, please don’t air your political grievances here. I’m just laying out how I started thinking about my main point.
Unless you’ve been stretched out on a beach drinking Pina coladas, or trekking to the North Pole, you might have noticed the UK is a state of turmoil at the moment. If you were on the beach or freezing your nuts off, the UK had a referendum to decide whether to withdraw from the European Union. It was close-run thing, but the final result was just in favour of leaving the EU, or Brexit as it’s been called.
The reason I’m rehashing old news is that Remainers (including me) have been very vocal about our dismay and this has led to ill-feeling between social media friends. Some have felt the need to delete their accounts to avoid the anger.
One of the things I did see was a threat that pops up every time there’s some drama. Something along the lines of “I won’t forget who said ‘xyz’, I won’t buy or review their books again.” This makes my feathers ruffle every time, because it’s a kind of threat.
Authors, don’t step out of line, don’t post anything controversial, or we won’t buy or review your books.
I saw this comment as usual and I got annoyed about it, until I started thinking about something I said a few days ago. “Why have all my favourite eighties actors turned into extreme right-wing religious nutters?” A very un-PC (apologies for the terminology) way of complaining that a lot of actors I used to like now despise values I hold very dear, and embrace homophobia, sexism and racism. I now struggle with the TV series Hercules, Andromeda, and Firefly. I also avoid certain Sci Fi authors for their less than progressive attitudes. I struggle to separate the artist from their real life views.
This is where I need help.
Is there a difference between saying a) “I won’t read X, because his views are X,” and b) “I won’t forget who said ‘xyz’. I won’t buy or review their books again.”
I think it’s the tone of the second one that offends me. It’s sending out a clear warning to all authors. Don’t step out of line. But do you think the first one is just as offensive? I’d really like your views on this, because I don’t want to be a hypocrite about this. If I can’t separate my feelings out why should I expect anyone else to be able to?
Title: Island Counselor
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 06/20/2016
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Gay Romance
Counselor Logan Wilde has a successful therapy practice in London, but when a traumatic incident there leaves him suffering from PTSD, he takes refuge in his holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight, unable to face going back to work. Not that he’s allowed to relax. Logan’s time is taken up with helping Liam Owens, plus there’s Nick Brent, whom Logan discovers collapsed on the beach. Nick and Logan spend their time bickering with each other, but that doesn’t alter the attraction they feel.
Logan is forced to make some hard decisions about his future, which entails facing up to recent events. Only he’s not alone—Nick is with him. Unfortunately someone else makes a decision too, and now trouble is on its way to the Isle of Wight.
About Sue BrownSue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favourite television series. The kissing was hot and tender and Sue wanted to write about this men. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
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