Banned Books Week – (& I Haz Planz 25/09)


I know I should be working through my Why I Write Erotica series, but I just had to talk about this first. Sorry…!

little pink work reading a book; bookworm from OpenClipArtFirst of all, thanks Josh Mosey for cluing me into the fact that it’s banned books week this week. How do I not know this stuff?! It must be an ‘across the pond’ thing because it seems to be US0-centric, though I’m sure there are similar lists in the UK too.

Anyway he and Ileandra were talking about banned books and the affect it has on children over on his blog and it got me to thinking.

Banning a book, as he says, only serves to increase it’s popularity. Make anything taboo and people will be queuing up to see/watch/listen to it. Is that necessarily a bad thing?

Depends on the book.

Unsurprisingly, a glance at last year’s top ten challenged books, Fifty Shades of Grey is right up there at number four. Frankly, I’m surprised it’s not higher than that. Funny thing is, the reasons other people challenge the book (nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group) are nothing like the reasons for which I challenge it (piss-poor writing, weak plot, irritating as hell characters and overuse of the phrase ‘oh my’.)

big, red thumbs down symbolBut I only read the book(s) because of all the negative press. With so many people at such opposite extremes of the spectrum I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about. I didn’t know it had been banned, though I’m not hugely surprised to hear it, all I knew was that it was a supposedly erotic trilogy that had women all over the world fanning themselves on the bus.

So maybe banning books is both a good and bad thing. It can bring a vast range of books to the attention of those who would otherwise miss them. I’d never heard of Captain Underpants before yesterday, but apparently this silly kids book is the number one source for book complaints. o.O Crazy isn’t it? When the likes of Twilight are there to worry about.

I know, I know, I’m sorry, that’s enough bashing. :p

Let’s get on with something productive, shall we?

line break, swirling graphics, from openclipart

Last Week
checking off feedbackThrilled at how this week has gone. Making my to-do list smaller has prevented me freaking out about how much needs to be done and just doing it.

~Complete at the remaining edits on ‘Slippers & Chains’ for Breathless Press
Done. And ahead of schedule too! I know so much more about Dan and Karen than I thought possible and the edit increased the word count of the novella by 10,000 words. Not a bad thing as I’ve no doubt I’ll have to whittle that back down again as the next round of edits takes place, but I am surprised but just how much I was able to add without killing the story.

~Write 1,500 new words of ‘Simone & Mr Bradford’
More like 2,800. Something just clicked when I started writing. The story is pouring out of it and it’s already a ton better than the original version. If I can keep this up I’ll be mega happy with the result.

This Week
blank calendar from OpenClipArtIt’s all about the little things. This is the last week of September, so I’ll need to do some sweeping to ensure that all the main goals for the month are met.

  1. Finish first draft of ‘Simone & Mr Bradford’
  2. Book in with editor

Two small goals, but I think that’s all I need. Coupled with what Ileandra has to do there’s more than enough above to keep me busy.

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About Raven ShadowHawk

I take great pleasure in writing erotica and am merely one side of the proverbial coin. My other half, 'Ileandra Young' writes fantasy and the occasional comedy piece. My six-part series 'Meeting Each Other' is available in full, through Amazon and Smashwords while my debut novella 'Sugar Dust' is now re-released (!) available through Amazon via Little Vamp Press.
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