Should we stifle our characters/books in case we offend

NO we totally should not stifle our characters/books in case we offend. If a story needs a character to be offensive then so be it. Putting a warning in the book or a short warning with the blurb is very sensible then it is the choice of the reader to buy it or not.

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More and more I am seeing people say that they are getting bad reviews because they didn’t warn the reader of something that may potentially offend them. A love story that contains an affair or anything that someone may find controversial.

What is a book?

A story that is either a reflection on real life or a trip into a fantasy world which has no connection to reality. We will never be able to write 100% to please every reader and what works for one person will rub raw on another.

I have a love story that is bouncing back between me and my editor at the moment and she, rightly so, has pointed out some comments that my characters have made or thought that could be seen as offensive. I have chosen to leave them in, however, because I believe this to be a reflection on the time that…

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