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It was a complete coincidence, I swear!

Apparently, though I did not realize this, it’s Banned Books Week. How’s that for a serendipitous my already challenged release?

Below, from the American Library Association, are the Top Ten most challenged books of 2011.

It’s rather interesting that of 326 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom 8 of the top 10 were by female authors and 7 of the 10 centered on female characters.

Apparently being a female author writing about female characters (particularly strong, independent, real females) is a big problem for some people.

Sorry, no statistics about the gender of the persons challenging the books was available, though they were overwhelmingly parents complaining to schools/school libraries/public libraries.

A cursory look at reasons reveals a rather sad situation given we’re in 2012. It seems young females are not to be told anything about sex, not to be exposed to bad language, and never be challenged to deepen their religious outlook by questioning it. Really, one has to laugh.

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism

Well, gild my lily. Indra is in trouble — again

It seems my latest book, due out in October, has been deemed too racy by my publisher’s usual ebook converter.  Really. Their project rejection letter came back in under 2 minutes. They must have looked at the cover, read the title, and thought NO!!! and hit the delete button.

The converters in questions shall remain nameless because they are excellent folks and do excellent work. And I would highly recommend them to anyone for any sort of project. Also, I respect that this is a job people are opting not to take, probably for moral reasons.  So, it’s ok. It just strikes me as funny.

Why is America so okay with the most horrific violence, but so not ok with couples being appropriately intimate? I would rather read about people having sex than say . . . the first couple of violent chapters of most horror novels. I’m talking to you Stephen King.

I’d have been less surprised by the rejection if it was something other than a little consensual straight-up heterosexual sex between two non-religious, unmarried persons, but it wasn’t.  I don’t think my book is pornography. There’s nothing gratuitous about the sex in it. It’s a couple of people behaving pretty normally — at least, in my opinion.

Given the rejection letter came back so quickly, we don’t imagine they actually stopped and read any of it.  Which is somewhat disappointing. They might have changed their minds if they’d actually read some of it.

Oh well. What’s the point of writing a book if no one wants to ban it? It’s an honor really.

I guess my publisher will look for another ebook converter or ask the in-house designer to do it. I expect someone wants the work especially in this economy.

I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come though. It’d be terribly disappointing if  Amazon or Barnes & Noble refused to carry it — even in print form. Or if the publisher’s printer/distributor refused even to print and distribute it on moral grounds.

I shall post the cover at a later date.  You were warned!