Have you exercised your right to read whatever you want this week? It’s almost the end of Banned Book Week 2012, but don’t stop freeing your mind after Oct. 6th. I’m currently reading Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, because of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy class I’ve been taking. I don’t know if it’s ever been on an official Banned Book list, but it’s a reminder of what a loss of liberties, even in the name of stopping terrorism, can do to us as a society.
No authority figure should take away our freedom to speak out against wrongs, hide books from us because they go against their agenda, or invade our privacy in an attempt to do either of those things. To my way of thinking, how could anyone have wanted to ban Huckleberry Finn or To Kill a Mockingbird? How could anyone have sought to stem the tide of Harry Potter?
As an erotic romance author, I know that feeling of censorship whether it’s over cover art or where I should be able to sell my books or how I could write such smut in the first place. Those mean voices creep into the writing process and you have to smack them down with a baseball bat so that you can write the hot, challenging sex scenes that readers enjoy. Don’t let fear or public opinion influence your reading or writing choices. Celebrate your freedom!