Hi dear friends,
Some weeks ago on the taboo topics discussion, Katie from @nevernotreading commented with the very arresting:
“I think it’s tough for writers right now, because we have kind of a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” culture thriving on twitter right now. If you ignore a taboo topic, you’re ostracized. If you try writing about a taboo topic but manage to offend ONE person, they will rile up everyone else into ostracizing you. If you’re a minority author and choose NOT to write an own voices story, WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? If you’re a non-minority author writing about a main character who is different than you, MAKE WAY FOR OWN VOICES AUTHORS, WE ARE TIRED OF YOUR WHITE PERSPECTIVE ON THINGS YOU CAN NEVER UNDERSTAND! It’s just. too. much.”
And bang! I had another discussion topic just like that!
Because I think Katie is right.
Social media make it so difficult for authors to please everyone.
Earlier if you did not like a book your opinion was limited to your friends and family. Maybe you wrote a letter to the author but that was the extend of the “damage”. Now you have a whole net to scream and voice your feelings. As everyone knows that unpopular opinion and scandals are most praised by many gossip lovers this spreads like a wildfire and grows something that would ealrier have been anecdotical!
If an author is attacked and he/she replies even respectfully often the attacker will counter attack and say either that he is misunderstood, either that the author is lying etc.
These people usually thrive under the spotlight. It’s like they want their five minutes of fame.
When the author does not reply, the rumor dies swiftly but some choose to interpret their silence as guilt. She/he did not reply so that means she/he is guilty, right?
So I think it is indeed very hard for authors right now to do right because of social media. I wrote some time ago about “social media: a curse or a blessing” (you can read it HERE) and I think this is a perfect illustration!
So do tell me: can authors still do right even with social media’s influence?
Thanks for reading!