Had no intentions of blogging today. Was going to work on WIP, but then I read an email and I got a bit irked. Seems censorship is rearing its butt-ugly head again.
Nope – not PayPal this time. MasterCard. They have spoken from on high and have deemed books with drink or sleep in the title to be unacceptable.
Why? Obvious "very bad" sexual content. I mean people drinking and sleeping – the horror!!! By the way, what did you do last night? Get any sleep? And how many of you are – dare I say it – drinking a cup of coffee as you read this. For shame.
To help with the purge of evil I am offering up some titles for consideration –
Warning – these books may harm your eyes, ears and melt your brains.
Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book, Dr. Seuss
It's Time to Sleep, My Love, Eric Metaxas
Sleep and Dream of Happy Things, Veroinca Paz
A Book of Sleep, Il Sung Na
No Go Sleep, Kate Feiffer
Ten Sleepy Sheep, Susan Gaber
You can find them in the children's section of the Barnes and Noble catalog.
Also - I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much, Judith Vigna
Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink, Victoria Kann
Dracula Doesn't Drink Lemonade, Debbie Dadey, Marcia Thornton Jones
Not a Drop to Drink, Michael Burgin, National Geographic Children's book Description: Water is one of Earth’s hot environmental topics. The scarcity of clean drinking water will have dramatic consequences for humanity in the 21st century: water disputes could spark regional conflict, while increased desertification and drought could affect world food supplies and the future of farming. Not a Drop to Drink conveys a clear message to young readers about this precious commodity and our urgent need to conserve it.
Banning such vileness from the world should definitely improve our moral fiber.
Tongue in cheek aside – my books were censored in the last go round. I didn't meet any of the "requirements" but it still happened. They were labelled bad and given a stigmatism of evil. Plus on the economic side – I lost sales for the days they were unavailable.
Just because your books weren't touched in that fiasco, don't become complacent and think they are safe. Sticking your head in the sand or saying, "It won't happen to me" isn't going to protect what you can write.
If you are a reader, get up and start screaming. Someone is deciding what you can and cannot read. Are you going to let them?
What other "words" will be deemed inappropriate? Love? Love often leads to sex – especially in a romance novel. Therefore should the word be banned from titles and books with the word in the title should be removed from book catalogs?
Think about it.