I was having a chit chat with BO XIAN via U2U and I thought this may make an interesting thread to get other views and see how other writers handle
things. So let us start from the most difficult and go down.
Please note: This is not a thread on any of the merits of peoples sensibilities, just how we as Authors handle them.
One of the problems with E-books is who's sensibilities do you abide by. In the past the publisher could bring out different versions, suited to the
country the book would be published in. Now, we write for a world wide group of readers.
Take age of consent laws. The age of consent in Mexico is bloody well 12, same in Vatican City! Then across the world, country by country it goes all
the way up to 21. So, who do you write for?
By and large Europe has no problem with skinny dipping while some parts of the US go nuts. Meanwhile in many US cities girls as young as early teens
openly prostitute themselves on the streets while the rest of society closes their collective eyes and pretends it doesn't happen. Can you write
about it if you were so inclined?
It is difficult. Then you have to avoid a whole raft of words. Is it a footpath or a sidewalk? There are so many of these!
Decide whether to be Politically Correct or go against the grain. Can you call a dark skinned character stupid or will the whole world go up in flames
regardless of other dark skinned characters who may be brilliant.
I never consider skin color, never mention it, it is not important to me. Will people assume that all my characters are white and therefore I am
What about my Dragons, they are gold and silver, bronze, brown green and blue. I don't have any black ones. Racist! Rofl.
Just where do you stop considering the sensibilities of others and just get on with the damn story!
Hey, this would make a good thread! I just might do just that and I have.
What do you do?