#Rebellious Writing: Why We Need Better Books
(Hey everyone. I just wanted to apologize for missing my Thursday post and getting this one up so late- on Thursday I went to see Wonder Woman with my pals [I'll do a post about that in a few days ^-^ and I've been sick this morning. So sorry - posts will be a little irregular this month. :P)
Once upon a time, there was a little girl.
Okay, so this girl wasn't so little - in all honesty, she was a high schooler. But I digress.
Our heroine was out for a walk with her mother when she asked a simple question: "Mama, do movies and books include lots of cussing because people cuss a lot, or do people cuss a lot because it's in movies?"
Her mother responded: "I think it is a vicious cycle. People swear more and movies swear more and that makes people think they should swear more and around and around it goes."
This is a true story, y'all, and yes, I am the protagonist. ^-^ But the question is true: Why must there be so much cursing and crud in every movie/book you watch/read?
My younger sisters and I are watching a great movie right now. It's called Gettysburg, and it's about that monumental battle in the Civil War, detailing the lives of the generals on both sides of the army. It's based on a book called the Killer Angels. I would totally recommend it - except the d-word is in every other sentence. Literally. And I know what people say - they're soldiers, yadda-yadda-ya. The thing is, though, this is a three-and-a-half or four-hour long movie. FOUR HOURS. When you look at it on IMDB's content advisory guide, they say that there are 80+ OCCURENCES OF THE D-WORD. This is an old movie, y'all. It's from 1993. And while there are a LOOOOT of appearances of mild language in this movie, it's still not as bad as some other, more recent movies (I'm looking at you, Manchester by the Sea.)
And also: since when did PG-13 movies have permission to put in all kinds of marvelous explicitness? I mean, just think about it for a minute. I can think of a lot of movies that are rated PG-13 that should probably be rated R, and while I have never seen many R-rated movies, it's probably a safe bet that many of them should be rated NC-17. How desensitized are we, people? Check out this picture.
They have to have this at movie theaters to give you an idea of what you should allow your kids to see. It seriously says on there that an R movie will have "Some Adult Content". What's passing for adult content these days?!!!!!
This post is not an isolated one. It's part of a movement. The lovely Gray is the leader and grass-roots
director of this movement; you can check out her post here. #RebelliousWriting and #RebelliousReading are a new movement, one designed to take the world of YA fiction by the shoulders and say to it, "Teens do not need your explicit material, your cussing, or your low expectations."
A LIST (because lists are pure awesomeness) of things YA/ PG-13 Books and Movies should NOT include
- Sex scenes (of any kind really)
- Drugs, alcohol, etc.
- abuse that is glorified
You'll notice I did not say violence - I don't appreciate gratuitous violence, but I believe that if it is necessary to show that a villain is truly bad and contrast light and darkness, a case can be made for it. Please understand that I do NOT by any means want gratuitous violence, just that it can be argued. And when I say abuse that is glorified I mean making it romantic, a misunderstanding, etc. If it's a real situation and the story is about escaping, redemption of the victim, standing up against the abuse, or light coming in the midst of darkness, it can be there - as long as it is EVIL AND DEPICTED AS SUCH. Abusive relationships fall under the same category.
I hope you will join me and many others in this rebellion. Stand with us against the darkness that is so often found in bestselling YA fiction.
Write what honors God.
If the book makes you uncomfortable, set it aside.
When you set the book aside, leave it a low review on Goodreads.
And stand strong. This is what we're here for - to make a difference in our generation for the name of Christ.
Who's with me?