Originally Posted by bjones6416
What exactly is reader-driven censorship? If it is the choice to read anything I want, and to comment on anything I choose with being thrown in jail or something, then, yes, I guess that's what this is.
I just don't choose at this particular stage in my life to read the gritty descriptive literature -- I'm all about escape these days. But I don't think giving an opinion or a criticism about a book is actually censorship, unless my opinion makes the book unavailable in some way for someone else to read. (And I'm pretty sure my opinion isn't worth that much to anybody!
I have to admit I did not think the issue through - the above are more 'musings' than complete thoughts.
But something bothers me about this book being identified, and defined, as a book about 'violence' and a 'brutal rape'. Yes, that's in there - but it's such a small portion of it.
Somehow, it reminds me of all those schools that have been banning Ann Frank's diary because of its sexual content. Yet, I do realize the comparison is a bit unfair - those were some bigots looking for a pretext not to have their children read about nazi crimes...
Yet... something about people being discouraged from reading this book because of the violence in it - a couple of pages only - seems wrong.
But far from me wanting to discourage feedback and open discussion. If it bothers some, it might bother others - so it's right for people to know what to expect. Yet, they should also know this is not 'American Psycho'.