Thursday, March 9, 2023

How To Fight Book Censorship ASAP!



The censoring of books is completely out of control, becoming a cancer gripping the publishing world that needs to be stopped. Will you help do something? 

Imagine if you are a beautiful person whom other people adore. Now, imagine someone coming in and making changes to your appearance.

First it is small stuff — your earrings get swapped out for a less shiny pair, toe nail polish color is changed, pants replace your short, body-forming skirt, and your long, flowing hair is crop-cut.

These changes were made at night, without your permission. You are told society will now like you even more, that a new generation will come to see you as attractive.

On another night, they make cosmetic changes to your body. Your skin darkens, your breasts feel a bit smaller, your butt firmer, a scar is added to your arm, contacts replace glasses, and  a penis replaces your vagina.

Folks, this is not a horror movie or The Twilight Zone. It is about the terror spree that the book publishing world is on. So-called sensitivity censors are hacking our award-winning, best-selling authors to death.


The latest assault on our books comes from the publisher of kids’ horror books author R.I. Shine, Scholastic, whose Goosebumps series is the second-biggest book series behind Harry Potter. Apparently, scores of changes were recently made to dozens of his books without his knowledge or consent. This is on the heels of publisher-forced, writer-estate approvals to permanently harm books by Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming, and Dr. Seuss.

WTF is happening across the literary landscape?

The book world is imploding, censoring from within. The government is not the tyrant here. It is a handful of self-appointed, overpaid word butchers and culture-killing hacks who wield their sharpened scalpels at any collection of words they deem worthy of execution. In the shadow of darkness, books are being republished in secret and shame, having been ground through a tool humanity has seen before, usually in places that are torn asunder from war, revolution, or dictatorship.


But now it is happening in a divided but peaceful America. The vast majority don’t want books violated and mutilated. We have a free marketplace to decide what people will write, buy, or read. We don’t need mercenaries taking a hatchet to our treasured works to somehow save us from some unknown or non-existent enemy.

What will we do about this hysteria that is gripping publishers like a mad fever?

So far, very little. I fear we are all just standing by as if we hope publishers will just come to their senses. We must not act as if we can’t do anything when we can do a lot. 

What do you do when there is a bully? Rather than be picked off one by one, we must gang together and fight back. This means we wage an all-out war, a united front, against any and all who want to change one word or comma in published books — especially if a living author does not freely make such a choice.

A war is costly and there will be blood.

I call for a boycott of all butchered books. It may seem like we are punishing authors, but we are liberating them. No one should have to read diluted, doctored books. Preserve our cultural history!

First, we need a database to track and list books that were altered.

Second, publishers and authors or their estates must be contacted and asked to revert their works back to their original forms.

Third, an information campaign must take hold so that teachers, librarians, and bookstores know the ugly truth and avoid stocking the fake books. 

Fourth, lawsuits should be filed on any technicality possible. Wars are won when money is lost.

Fifth, authors should demand editorial control over their books, post-publishing, so that no one can force a book to be violated. Write letters. Demonstrate outside a publisher’s offices. Protest at libraries. Make your voice heard and presence known.

A pressure campaign from social and traditional media must be orchestrated. Rallies, protests, boycotts… no more sitting back and just throwing our hands up. Public outrage must lead to change.

By the way, these edits don’t really help anyone. If you edit out words that reflect imperfections you still don’t remove the flawed characteristic. Society is flawed. Books reflect that. We can’t make believe all is good and normal when it isn’t.

What message are you sending to society or to writers? In this woke world we would never have battles of good and evil, of characters coping or overcoming challenges or understanding that something like obesity is not healthy. We think that no one can handle truth, adverse situations, or unflattering characteristics. We are creating a distorted fantasy world that none of us bought a ticket to. 

Informed and empowered readers should stand up to publishers who act as if they are Chinese government censors or Russian ministers of truth. We must protect copyrighted classics from becoming rewritten by publishers who think they know better — and who want to force a nonsense brainwashing agenda upon us.  

If you care about writing, cultural history, and American freedom, join together to stop the corporate publishing tyrants from mangling our literary treasures!   

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