Tuesday, June 9, 2009

RESPONSIBLE WRITING


There are very few people who are not aware of the Harry Potter children’s books and films by J. K. Rowling. The sixth book of the Harry Potter series sold more copies in twenty-four hours than The Da Vinci Code sold in a year. Harry Potter parties at book stores were noted on news programs. Their popularity, despite some protests by the Christian community, was astounding.

In 2007 when Rowling announced at Carnegie Hall that one of the character’s in the books, Albus Dumbledore, was gay, I was highly offended. No, not because the character was gay but how she went about it.

I believe that authors have a certain responsibility to their readers. I don’t think it was right to withhold such a controversial subject and then just announce it after the sixth book. I believe an author should be honest with her followers – no hidden agendas.

For one, these are children’s books. As parents, we should have a right to know what topics and issues are placed before our children. It’s not right to be told after-the-fact what we have participated in. Frankly, I felt the same way about Wall̇·E with the environmental and obesity issues and Shrek with the transvestite issue. None of that was shown in the previews. I consider it no better than what Hitler did with the German youth.

And no, I didn’t call J. K. Rowling Hitler. Joan Rivers didn’t call Annie Hitler on Celebrity Apprentice either. What actually happened was, Donald Trump asked Joan Rivers if she would agree that Annie was nice. Joan said, “Yes, but so was Hitler.” Joan wasn’t saying that Annie had all of the qualities of Hitler or that she was Hitler. What she didn’t like was that Annie was being two-faced like Hitler. Basically, I am saying the same thing about any author who isn’t straight-forward about their characters and their agendas.

If an author wants to write about a controversial subject like gay relationships, she should be upfront about it. Although the subject of witchcraft is another controversial subject, J. K. Rowling never hid this topic from the readers. They were free to choose whether to read it or not.

The movie industry seems to be pushing their social, political, sexual, and environmental positions on our youth. Whatever happened to a feel-good children’s movie which, at the most, deals with basic moral issues that we all agree upon? Why do we need to keep pushing the limits? Why do we have to force our beliefs on others? This is the land of freedom and equality. We all should be able to live and raise our children the way we see fit.

No comments:

Post a Comment

I love hearing from you! Thanks for commenting.