I have been noticing a trend lately that has me really disturbed and confused. Mostly on Twitter and Facebook. It is how people are judging authors these days. Here are a few examples.
- People will only read authors of a certain type, like for instance, they will only read black writers.
- If an author does something they think is inappropriate, they will not read them anymore, no matter how much they had enjoyed their novels before.
- People ask if it is ok for an author to write about a certain type. For instance, can a non disabled person write about a disabled person?
When did this start becoming a thing? When did we become so judgemental of people and not minding our own business? Why should it matter what or who the author is, if they tell a good story? Isn’t it the story that is important, not what or who the author is?
If this is the case, I am a “disabled, white, Bi female with mental illness” according to these folks, I am not allowed to write about black people? Kinda sucks, cause I had a couple of black characters in the novel I am writing, now I may have to rethink it. I do not think so, to heck what people think.
I think a person should write about whatever they want to write about, why should we have limits. Don’t we write to tell a story? The real world has too many limitations as it is, why should the fantasy one have them?
And why can’t people mind their own business? If they do that then this world might be a happier place to live in.
But I am curious, do any of you know when and why that became a thing? What are your thoughts, should authors be judged by who or what they are, if yes then why do you think so? I really would like to know. It just boggles my mind.
Peace, Renee aka Stardreamer