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Literature, & Etc.


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An email arrives from the Society of Author’s Children’s Writers And Illustrators Group. Apparently, a well-established, enormous publishing house has decided to insert the following clause into its standard contract for children’s books: “If you act or behave in a way which damages your reputation as a person suitable to work with or be associated with children, and consequently the market for or value of the work is seriously diminished, and we may (at our option) take any of the following actions: Delay publication / Renegotiate advance / Terminate the agreement.”

The publisher’s name? Ooh, that would be giving it away. Really? Oh go on then: Random House.

– Courtesy of http://www.guardian.co.uk/books


I am unsure as to which side I should land on. On the one hand, I can understand some parents being concerned. Children are very impressionable and in a society where Miss J.K. Rowling is a celebrity for having written a children’s novels, well I can see that if Miss J.K. behaved in a rather boorish or uncivilized manner, say posing on you tube with crack or making a racist comment, well I can understand the fear of such things, not something I’d want my children being exposed to.

But then, it’s a parent’s responsibility to do just that…PARENT! I believe it’s that one part of their contract that is disconcerting: “suitable“, well.. suitable for what, or whom?

What’s wrong with our society? I find it sad that our society has become so sensitive, so worried about being politically correct. There is this fear that we seem to have, that if we offend any one individual, that this is some sign of attack on that person and their culture. So rather than risk having any one individual feel hurt or god forbid, having that person face some criticism that maybe a choice they’ve made in life is not perfect, what does our society do, we sugarcoat everything so that we do not offend anyone. UGH!@$%$

Written by thebeliever07

August 1, 2008 at 8:23 am

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  1. I couldn’t agree more. Especially when it comes to parenting. I don’t know what happened to the most recent generation of parents but the whole thing is completely out of hand! Check out these articles I’ve come across:



    I’m not sure it these will link, so you might have to copy and paste. Anyway, love your posts, keep on telling it like it is!


    August 1, 2008 at 1:15 pm

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