Hey, y'all. I had a different plan for today, but that's going to wait because this is important. Gray from graymariewrites.blogspot.com started a movement called #Rebelliouswriting and is encouraging readers to rebel against society's standards for books filled with drugs, lust, and smut. I encourage y'all to check out her post before you continue reading mine.
1. Sex, drugs, alcohol, swearing, or any other misbehavior by teens in a book
2. A type of writing that authors think is edgy, but really makes the reader want to march to their house and smack them with the book.
Now, this will probably be another rant, because who doesn't love a good rant? Part of why I became a writer was because of books I was getting from the library that I would choose to put down once the cussing and other smut riddled the pages. It's annoying and no one wants to read books with such content.
As teens, we don't want to read that. Society has been pushing that such things are okay, that they're normal. Well, it's not. We just want wholesome reading, something that excites us and takes us on adventures. We don't want all the lust, drugs, sex, and other awful things.
We don't need anymore Fifty Shades of Gray. Trust me. We don't need people encouraging wrong behavior. We just want books that are pleasant to read. We don't mind romance, but there's no need to take it to the extremes. People need to remember every action has a consequence.
Now, there might be some of you who read this that don't mind the cussing, the sex, the drugs, the underage drinking, and all the smut in between. Let me ask you something. Do you feel good when you read this? Really think about it. Do any of these books show consequence? No? Well, then rebel.
We're teenagers and we rebel. But that doesn't mean we need to rebel against our parents. We should rebel against the things we know are wrong.
I don't usually condone the use of hashtags (because they annoy me to no end), but this is a movement that needs to get up on its feet. We need authors to know that we're tired of the awful things they think are acceptable in teen books. We just want to read without having to be worried about what might be coming ahead on the next page.
Post on social media using the #Rebelliouswriting, or if you're against the books filled with smut, use the #Rebelliousreading, along with an explanation about the book you're against. If you have a blog, do a post. Read Gray's post for all the details. She's the one who started this movement and this movement can use your help. No help is too small. We can make a difference one post at a time.
If you don't have social media, no worries. I don't have any other social media, but that hasn't stopped me from speaking out here. Even if you just talk to your friends and family or to other people you know, you're making a difference.
Remember to stick to your values and we can win this. We can show the world we won't back down. Most importantly, we won't read these terrible books. We're the new generations of authors, writers, and readers. Let's show them the best.
God bless y'all. 😁
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