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He Was Part of a Twitter Mob That Attacked Young Adult Novelists. Then It Turned on Him. Now His Book Is Canceled.

Kosoko Jackson, a gay black author writing about a gay black protagonist, gets taken down by the YA Twitterati.

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UPDATE: Shortly after this story was published, Sourcebooks announced that A Place for Wolves, the debut YA novel by Kosoko Jackson, will be withdrawn from publication, at the request of the author.

Until recently, Kosoko Jackson's website described him as "a vocal champion of diversity in YA [young adult] literature, the author of YA novels featuring African American queer protagonists, and a sensitivity reader for Big Five Publishers." Jackson is black and gay—this matters here, a lot—and was preparing for the release of his debut young adult novel, A Place for Wolves, an adventure-romance between two young men set against the backdrop of the Kosovo War. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets Code Name Verity in this heartbreaking and poignant story of survival," read the publicity materials. The book is slated for release on March 26.

Jackson had amassed some enthusiastic blurbs from established names in YA fiction, and he seemed poised for a successful debut, in part because Wolves was going to be a so-called #ownvoices release—#ownvoices being a "hashtag that was created by Corinne Duyvis to highlight books that are written by an author that shares a marginalized identity with the protagonist."

While the motivations of the movement for more diverse voices in young adult fiction is commendable—YA fiction, like many other areas of publishing, has its fair share of access problems with regard to class and race—the manifestation of this impulse on social media has been nothing short of cannibalistic. The Twitter community surrounding the genre, one in which authors, editors, agents, and adult readers and reviewers outnumber youthful readers, has become a cesspool of toxicity.

"Young-adult books are being targeted in intense social media callouts, draggings, and pile-ons—sometimes before anybody's even read them," Vulture's Kat Rosenfield wrote in the definitive must-read piece on this strange and angry internet community. The call-outs, draggings, and pile-ons almost always involve claims that books are insensitive with regard to their treatment of some marginalized group, and the specific charges, as Rosenfield showed convincingly, often don't seem to warrant the blowups they spark—when they make any sense at all.

But surely Jackson, an enforcer of social justice norms and a gay black man writing about gay black protagonist should have been safe, right?

Instead, it all came crashing down quite quickly. As with any internet outrage, it's hard to know exactly what sparked it, but a major turning point came in the form of a quote-retweet. "HEY HOW ABOUT WE DONT PROMOTE OR SUPPORT BOOKS ABOUT A ROMANCE BETWEEN AND THE VICTIMIZATION OF 2 AMERICANS, SET DURING A REAL LIFE HISTORICAL GENOCIDE WHERE THE VILLAIN IS PART OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC THAT WAS ETHNICALLY CLEANSED," read the tweet, which was published on February 25 and which, as of when I screencapped it, had 164 retweets—a sizable number for YA Twitter, which generally consists of relatively low-follower accounts. (The quote-retweeter subsequently protected his account.)

The quote-retweet pointed to a review on Goodreads. Many YA authors and readers and reviewers maintain accounts there, and it is the site of many an attempted YA kneecapping. (After authors get targeted, they are often flooded with one-star reviews.) "I have to be absolutely fucking honest here, everybody," the review starts. "I've never been so disgusted in my life."

The author proceeds to argue that because of the horrific bloodshed that occurred during the Kosovo War—large numbers of Albanians were displaced and murdered by Serbian forces—it's insensitive to center a story set during that war around two Americans. One character particularly grated on on the reviewer: "And don't even get me started on the well-educated Muslim man, Professor Beqiri, who turns out to be a coldblooded terrorist who's [sic] only purpose seems to be to murder and torture and commit harm, even killing his own men," she wrote. "Why, exactly, did the author choose to make the main villain in this story an Albanian Muslim, when it was ALBANIAN MUSLIMS WHO WERE ETHNICALLY CLEANSED?" (I'm not going to link directly to the review—it became a part of the story thanks to its circulation on Twitter, but the author doesn't appear to be a professional writer or to have a high-profile platform.)

It's of course possible that Jackson's book is genuinely offensive. But the review doesn't come close to making a compelling case that it is: I doubt most people would agree that it's inherently unacceptable to write a story centered around characters of a certain identity in the context of a tragedy perpetrated against people with another identity. The review—like many outrage-focused YA fiction reviews, which are a veritable subgenre at this point—also includes none of the context one would require to make an informed discussion about whether and to what extent Jackson handled his narrative task responsibly, including in his portrayal of the Beqiri character. There's one brief quote from an author's note included in the book, but nothing from the novel itself.

But once established, YA Twitter outrage-narratives tend to take on a momentum of their own, and that's what happened here—a Twitter search for Jackson's name shows that certain ideas about his book's prima facie insensitivity quickly set in, with many in YA Twitter accusing him of having erred horribly.

On Wednesday, Jackson shut down his author website, replacing it with a brief note:

Maintenance mode

While dealing with the hurt my debut has caused and coming up with a plan of action of how to fix the pain I've caused with my words, my site is currently under maintenance. I'll have an update soon.

Thanks for your patience and for those who I hurt with my words, especially the Muslim readers, teens, and community members, I'm sorry.

Part of what makes this story so interesting is that Kosoko himself has been on the other side of these online attacks on authors.

He was outspoken during a particularly intense recent example, when a campaign based on misunderstanding and exaggeration led the author Amélie Zhao to take the unusual step of agreeing to cancel the publication of Blood Heir, her hotly anticipated debut novel, which was set to be the first in a trilogy. Advance reading copies had already been sent out. But an angry and underinformed subset of YA Twitter decided that a racially ambiguous character in Blood Heir was black, or this fictional universe's equivalent of black—the character had "bronze" skin and "aquamarine" eyes—and that therefore certain things that character said and did constituted harmful tropes. (YA Twitter has very conservative norms pertaining to what characters of different ethnicities are allowed to say or do.) The fact that Zhao is ethnically Chinese, is an immigrant to the U.S., and had written Blood Heir in part as a commentary on present-day indentured servitude in Asia didn't offer her much protection.

As Rosenfield wrote in her Vulture article, "Many members of YA Book Twitter have become culture cops, monitoring their peers across multiple platforms for violations." This policing includes keeping a close eye on who is liking or retweeting whom. Earlier this month, during the Zhao controversy, Kosoko accused an account named KidLitCon of having retweeted an "attack on"—read: a pointed but civil and informed disagreement with—Elle McKinney, another big-name YA author with a social-justice bent. (Full I-got-sucked-into-this-vortex-too disclosure: On Wednesday, the morning after I started tweeting about the Jackson situation, McKinney tweeted that "History will place Jesse Singal in the same category as Trump, Bannon, the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and all the other bigots currently coasting on the media's obsession with humanizing some of the worst meat sacks to ever tumble into existence." As a liberal Jew, I respectfully disagree with McKinney's assessment.)

Thanks to pressure from Jackson and others, the "keys" to KidLitCon were taken away from one of its co-owners, a woman of color who authored the tweet questioning McKinney, and full control was given to a white woman with the "correct" stance on the Zhao controversy:

|||Screenshot via Jesse Singal
Screenshot via Jesse Singal

Jackson has also been an outspoken proponent of a very narrow conception of who is allowed to write which stories:

|||Screenshot via Jesse Singal
Screenshot via Jesse Singal

The controversy over A Place for Wolves has rippled outward. Most notable, perhaps, was the reaction of Heidi Heilig, another successful YA author. Heilig provided A Place for Wolves with a very favorable blurb, which Jackson had on his website before it entered Maintenance Mode: "An intricate, rich story about two boys fleeing the mounting unrest in Kosovo, caught between the reality and the sublime of love, death, and family during times of war."

Heilig also apologized—and speculated that maybe the offensive material had been inserted after she had provided the positive blurb. "As discussions of this book evolve, it becomes clear to me that the book i blurbed while on submission years ago is either different from the version that went out in arcs, or i have areas of ignorance i need to work on (or both, considering i'm quite ignorant about a great many things.)," she wrote in an amendment to what had been a very short and very positive Goodreads review. "I am always working to do better, clearly i need to work harder."

Schadenfreude is an easy reaction here: The guy who helped contribute to a stifling climate of plot-policing and paranoia received the same treatment he had doled out to others. But the key takeaway here shouldn't be Nelson Muntzian. It should be the recognition that these online social dynamics will constrain and distort young adult literature in unfortunate ways. First, they make it harder to evaluate which sorts of writing really might have certain shortcomings, biases, or myopic character renderings. Because so many people reacted so strongly and on the basis of such little information to A Place for Wolves, a huge amount of smoke was created. Maybe there's some actual fire here, but determining that would require a close read of the sort that sociopathic social-media dogpilings rarely afford.

Zooming out, these episodes will inevitably affect YA publishing, and perhaps other areas of publishing if the fever spreads. Jackson's publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, is now in a difficult position: It's extremely rare to make changes to a book this late in the game—doing so would likely be quite expensive and disruptive given that we are less than a month from "pub day"—but how the publisher not make changes given that Jackson has already apologized and admitted wrongdoing?

This is now a pattern. It feels increasingly possible that at least some publishers, rather than adopt common-sense, liberal-minded approaches to the worthy goals of increasing diversity and representation in YA fiction, will instead adopt norms in line with Jackson's tweet about gay stories: Only Xs can write about X, and only Ys can write about Y. All because of an extremely small but incredibly loud group of Twitter users insatiable in their outrage. Imagine what a pointless, depressing loss that would be for the readers of the future.

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234 responses to “He Was Part of a Twitter Mob That Attacked Young Adult Novelists. Then It Turned on Him. Now His Book Is Canceled.

  1. “a sensitivity reader for Big Five Publishers.”

    There is such a job? Damn.

    1. Yet one more of MANY reasons Traditional Publishing is sinking like a stainless steel sailboard.

      1. There are a lot of reasons for dying publishing, but this is one of those reasons. Publishing books no one is going to buy let alone read is an amusing publishing strategy.

        1. I love the thought of the truckloads of unsold copies of What Happened getting pulped.

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      2. Sad that non-traditional publishing is even more enslaved to the Intersectionalist Identitarian mobacracy. At least traditional publishers have half a clue that the goal is to get people to buy and read a book.

        1. But all the awards and cool cocktail parties go to those who deliver the latest ‘brave! important! transformative!’ book.

          The SJWs took over literature a long time ago, then they came for Sci-Fi and Fantasy where they had a great deal of success in taking over the awards and acclaim sphere but didn’t achieve full saturation because, for the most part, genre readers don’t give a sh*t about anything besides the story. They read the types of stories they want to read and not because it was on someone’s ‘most ground-breaking story of the year’ list.

          YA as the next battle ground makes sense. It is a group encompassing people with various reading tastes, many of whom aren’t fanatic readers but who will occasionally read one or two books that their friends recommend. Much easier to manipulate than, say, Romance readers who will man the barricades when you come for their ‘Alpha-male-shifter-arranged-marriage’ guilty pleasure.

          1. Thank the gods for people like John Ringo, James S. A. Corey (Yes I know it is 2 people Daniel Abraham and Ty Frank), Joshua Dalzelle, and John Scalzi. Even (gods forbid) Tom Kratman.

            1. Scalzi, at least, is pretty SJW in reality. I don’t read enough of him to know if that detrimentally affects his writing or not. What little I read of him (some of the Old Man’s War books) seemed fine.

              But, I think that’s my point, the best genre authors know why their readers keep coming back and, if politics isn’t part of it, they don’t let it hurt their brand. What is sad, though, is when a formerly good writer’s work starts deteriorating because now they want to be ‘on message.’ The amount of readers they lose when that happens is more than those they gain.

            2. What, Larry Correia gets no love? I haz a sad.

          2. ‘man’ the barricades? You filthy, misogynist. I’m reporting you to Twitter. We’d better see a groveling apology tout suite, baby, your multitude of errors and lapses of judgement enumerated. #Redfored!

            1. I apologize without reservation for the misplaced comma in the comment above. The editor has been sacked.

              1. I demand you take a pilgrimage to San Fran, in sackcloth and ashes to atone for your sins.
                Also, repeat: “Caitlyn Jenner is stunning and brave” thirty times into a camera and post it on twitter.

          3. Oh this happens in Romance, but kindle sales and the utter failure of physical booksellers to cater to this market that basically every marketable fetish is accounted for through alternate distribution. The denunciations of every possible genre trope are everywhere, but If you want teen time travel sex with a pre verbal hominid they have you covered. It helps that the best romance writers have been agoraphobic shut ins of indeterminate gender for a very long time and those in the market for shark slave seducing the master fantasies are generally not all that eager to meet their idols.

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    2. Yup. The diversity/grievance industry has probably created literally millions of useless jobs at this point. It’s INSANE the amount of time and money spent on something so utterly ridiculous and pointless.

      1. I’m confused. Does ‘young adult author’ mean a young person who writes adult novels?

        Asking for Crusty.

        1. I think it’s along the lines of “child psychiatrist.” You can tell Crusty about it; that way he’ll get his kinks and analysis at the same time.

        2. Young Adult Author means an author who writes shitty fucking books because they can barely pass 12 grade English and believe a plot is nothing more than condescending tropes and feelz.

          1. I do rather wonder just how awful some of the book series I read as a kid are as an adult… I suspect they’re WAY sub par compared to good books written by good authors for adults.

      2. For a moment, I thought you were referring to English and X Studies departments at universities and colleges. Those people are paid just to talk to each other and generate nothing of use for the rest of the world.

        1. Well, useless pseudointellectual jobs have been around since before the diversity industry sprung up… I mean, French Lit… WTF???

      3. “The diversity/grievance industry has probably created literally millions of useless jobs at this point. ”

        Not useless for those cashing the checks.
        Not useless for enforcing Leftist power.

        1. Unfortunately true on both counts…

        2. When science and math departments now hire “science educators” and “math educators” instead of scientists, yeah,not “useless” at all.

  2. ‘They eat their offspring’.

    1. Damn I was going to take many more words to say the same.

      I don’t know what it tastes like to them, but from here, I say it looks mighty delicious and hope they continue.

      An extreme case of only one true Scotsman.

      1. There can be only one . . .

        1. Heads will roll

    2. If I were not so concerned at how deeply the progressive rot has penetrated the minds of our youth, I would better enjoy the spectacle of their autophagia.

      1. Enjoy yourself
        It’s later than you think

        (1) Louis Prima ~ Enjoy Yourself (lyrics) – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iNx3rKkwJQ

        1. Well, I enjoyed that song, despite myself.
          It is, indeed, always much later than we think!

  3. Oh my goodness, TreasonNNers are going to have to fight off both young adult and transgendered Twitter crazies.

    Mount up.

    1. Hey why’d you get banned yesterday?

  4. Black and gay are lower on the totem pole than Muslim. He should have remembered that. I’d feel sympathy for him if he was not someone encouraging this sort of thing.

    I suppose also that integrity requires him not to fight the protesters..

    1. I was uncharitably hoping he’d realize the only acceptable production of literature he’s now allowed is of the posthumous kind. I mean, how can he carry on after the pain he’s caused?

  5. YA seems to be a race on who can propagandize children into being sexual deviants as young as possible. It’s noteworthy that the audience for a book of this type seems so narrow that it’s improbable that it would turn a profit.

    What’s next, YA books that feature characters who only prefer anal sex? Or…oh…maybe they already have.

    Note that I have no problem with YA featuring gay characters, I just find it bizarre that sexual kinks belong in books for children according to some people. I also can’t believe there’s a wide audience for that material.

    1. It may have Rule 34 appeal to adults with certain tastes.

      1. I suspect you are correct about the true audience.

    2. Yeah, this is one of the things that I have changed my opinion on as I got older… I don’t care about people doing whatever weird shit they wanna do… But I’ve about had enough of trying to FORCE weird/abnormal/deviant shit onto children. Young kids are so impressionable, and wanting to please adults, that some of this stuff will just utterly warp their minds for life.

      1. What kinda shit must young Tony have read to get him where he is today?

      2. Power long term is in indoctrinating the next generation.

        1. Yup. And this is an area where the right has really fallen down. Thankfully Gen Z seems to be rebelling against political correctness just as a knee jerk teenage reaction… But we need to channel and reinforce that with an intellectual basis behind it, so they stay that way into adulthood.

    3. Note that I have no problem with YA featuring gay characters, I just find it bizarre that sexual kinks belong in books for children according to some people.

      If you aren’t considering being gay a “kink” on it’s own, then what are you talking about here? What “kink” do you think was being pushed here?

      And to be clear, I’ve never read a YA book with a sex scene in it. Plenty of adult fiction with sex scenes, including ones outside the romance genre, but YA books? Most you get is a make-out session.

      1. I don’t see the word “pushed” in his post.

        Either you misread it or are grossly overreacting.

        1. First line, “[…] who can propagandize children into being sexual deviants […]”.

          Before I got to the end, it apepared that “sexual deviants” may be in regard to “gay”, but his later caveat that he isn’t against gay characters calls that straight-forward interpretation into question. Thus implying that it’s the unidentified “kink” that is the “sexual deviancy” being discussed.

          Further, saying that propaganda is “pushing” something is common vernacular, and from context it is reasonable to think the later referred “kink” is the same “sexual deviancy” earlier referenced.

          But if it’ll appease your pedantic nature…

          *ahem*

          If you aren’t considering being gay a “kink” or a “sexual deviant” on it’s own, then what are you talking about here? What “kink” and “deviant” behavior do you think is being propagandized here?

          1. Better. Don’t be chemleft, address what was actually said.

            And thank you for having the stones to admit you were wrong and I was right. That’s tough for some people.

            1. And thank you for having the stones to admit you were wrong and I was right.

              Now that’s funny.

              I called you a pedant and then specifically prefaced my re-wording by saying I was appeasing you.

              That’s not an apology, that’s mockery.

              1. No one said it was an apology.

                You’re not good with words are you?

                1. Verily and forsoothe, take me now, lest I wallow in my misery and despair, truely, having basic reading comprehension and understanding meaning and concepts from provided context is a sin that hath no remedy, an error so grievous, that none may forgivith my most obscene of transgressions.

                  In case that was too subtle: you’re funny, but I’m done with this diversion. Ta.

                  1. No worries, you made a fool of yourself and are fleeing in shame. It’s expected from you.

                    “Verily and forsoothe, take me now, lest I wallow in my misery and despair, truely, having basic reading comprehension and understanding meaning and concepts from provided context is a sin that hath no remedy, an error so grievous, that none may forgivith my most obscene of transgressions”

                    Especially after that sad try-too-hard mess of gobbledygook. You didn’t have to gild the lily, we know you’re terrible with words.

                    1. And by the way, thank you for having the stones to admit you were wrong and I was right AGAIN. That’s tough for some people.

                    2. Speaking of terrible with words, that’s “paint the lily,” as in “To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, to throw a perfume on the violet, to smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow, or with taper-light to seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, is wasteful and ridiculous excess.” Wm. Shakespeare, King John, iv. 2

          2. “Further, saying that propaganda is “pushing” something is common vernacular, and from context it is reasonable to think the later referred “kink” is the same “sexual deviancy” earlier referenced.”

            By the way, for future reference, this is called “assuming.”

            And you know what thry say about assuming, don’t do it because you’ll look like a fucking idiot.

            HTH

          3. Being gay is sexual deviency, and while there is nothing inherently wrong with that putting it in front of children as a theme in literature is an interesting choice to me. The disconnect that’s probably causing you confusion is your assumption that just because something is deviant it must then follow that it should be banned perhaps.

            If you replace ‘gay’ with heterosexual anal sex, would it still be a novel for children is my question I suppose. I’d leave that determination to the market, but I must wonder at how wide the appeal of such a novel would be.

            And, not to lose sight of the bigger picture, I use the word propaganda because it would appear (perhaps unjustly) that this novel is about gay love which essentially boils down to a sexual preference that is shared among a narrow sliver of the actual populace. In fact, I wager those heterosexual individuals who prefer anal sex is a larger demographic. I also believe most people would find that to be unsavory material for a young adult novel.

            1. And, in reference to the above because it’s unclear, if you’re publishing material that doesn’t turn a profit I would think there’s an ulterior motive but since I haven’t seen sales figures and furthermore haven’t read the book this is nothing more than supposition on my part. It would be in line with the LGBT movements modus operandi though.

            2. Exactly.

              Being gay is abnormal. It’s a couple percent of the population, and gay men are actually declining. Theory being is that now that gay men don’t have to get married and pop off children to hide their gayness, they’re breeding less, and not passing on their gay genes.

              It’s not HORRIBLE to be gay, but I’ve always been of the mind that stuff for kids should be pretty “beige” so to speak… Boring, non non controversial, weird, etc. Just normal generic stuff. Would it make sense to talk about beastiality in a kids book? Probably not. Yet that too probably isn’t THE WORST thing in the world… But why in gods name would you want to expose little kids to it?

              1. Progressives love to condition children to accept all kinds of things that will erode any strict sense of morality. This is necessary as most of the population are not sociopaths.

            3. So your entire deal comes down to not understanding that you can have a book about gay people without it involving sex?

              It’s pretty simple. You just don’t write sex scenes. Bam.

            4. That said, calling it “propaganda” is absurd.

              Whenever minorities say “hey, why don’t more movies/books/comics/games/etc. have characters like me”, there’s a cry of “creative freedom! Let them make what they want to make! If you want that sort of thing, make it yourself!”

              And here we have someone doing so… and you’re calling it propaganda, with all the negative connotations that word carries.

              It’s absurd, and you should know it’s absurd.

              @Vek
              Beige. Non-controversial. Not weird. “Generic”. Got it.

              No Tom Sawyer, no Huckleberry Fin, no Peter Pan, no Treasure Island, no 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, no Frankenstein, no To Kill a Mockingbird, no Anne Frank, no A Wrinkle in Time, etc. and so-on.

              I mean, you do know that “YA” stands for “Young Adult”, right? We’re talking teenagers here, not elementary school students.

              1. Yeah, and there’s a breaking point in there somewhere where it stops mattering as it reaches being adult books. Several of those books you rattled off were meant for adult audiences BTW. But YA often starts out as being kind of “tweens” into the teens, and sometimes stretched into the early 20s, because people aren’t adults until they’re like 45 nowadays… So a book angled at 12 year olds, IMO, should be less controversial than one aimed at 16-18 year olds or whatever.

                Thing is, this kind of shit IS getting thrown into books for little kids too. The stuff getting tossed at teenagers is less screwy than the books about trannies for kids under 10 and shit I’ve seen apparently exist.

    4. Maybe next he will write a series of novels about a pedophile who solves crimes in his spare time.

    5. Assigned reading in high schools and junior colleges does a lot.

  6. The race to see who is the “purest” will eventually destroy the social justice crybabies and bullies but until then a lot of this nonsense will impact society.

    1. “The race to see who is the “purest” will eventually destroy the social justice crybabies”

      Intersectionality demands it. The will all end up killing each other over reparations.

      1. It would be GREAT if they would do that in the LITERAL sense! Would save all the sane people the trouble!

    2. You know who else raced to see who is the purest…

      1. Jesse Owens?

    3. The losses from friendly fire are insignificant compared to the territory taken.

  7. “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets Code Name Verity in this heartbreaking and poignant story of survival,”

    Oh for crying out loud.

    1. Yeah, when I first read that description I was expecting it to be a joke. I’m guessing that it was generated by some sort of marketing AI, as no actual human being would think that description is good ad copy.

      1. Pretty sure those are titles of relatively well-known YA books. That was my guess, anyway.

        Yup: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristotle_ and_Dante_Discover_the_Secrets_of_the_Universe
        and: https://www.goodreads.com/book/ show/11925514-code-name-verity

        The “A and D” one’s gay af. Optioned for movie treatment, too,

  8. While the motivations of the movement for more diverse voices in young adult fiction is commendable….

    The first clue that this “Jesse Singal” is obviously a Robbie sockpuppet.

    No, their motivations are not commendable. Their stated motivations might be commendable, their real motivations are the same evil bullshit they’ve always been and it involves a boot and a face and incessant stomping.

    1. This. And why is a movement commendable? Writers should write what they want, and readers should buy what they want. There doesn’t need to be any “movement” other than individual creativity and preferences.

      1. +1. Time was writers wrote to express THEMSELVES, and either developed an audience or did not depending on whether their writing resonated with an audience or did not. Those authors did not submit their work to any sort of political grindhouse for pre-publication approval, they wrote and took their chances. But we were a better country then.

      2. Precisely.

    2. The stated reasoning is to normalize the progressive agenda and create new SJW.

    3. Apparently their motivation is to make sure that nobody who is a “designated victim” can ever serve as a villain in a story. Ever. Rich white men are always the villains, even if it gets boring as fuck when that’s the only thing rich white men are allowed to be.

      1. Not so. Poor redneck white men can be evil too.

    4. Actually, there is a REAL “Jesse Singal”, who appears to somehow be an SJW-in-good-standing who has also run afoul of SJW-Twittermobs more than once without dissolving into a puddle of white/male/cis guilt!

      How he has done this is unknown, but imagine if this power could be used for GOOD…

  9. While dealing with the hurt my debut has caused and coming up with a plan of action of how to fix the pain I’ve caused with my words, my site is currently under maintenance. I’ll have an update soon.

    Thanks for your patience and for those who I hurt with my words, especially the Muslim readers, teens, and community members, I’m sorry.

    That is why you fail.

    1. Thanks for your patience and for those who I hurt with my words, you know where you can shove it. especially the Muslim readers, teens, and community members, I’m sorry.

      Better.

    2. It being, of course, asking far too much of anyone “I may have hurt with my words” to write his or her own book and tell the story he or she wants to tell. Far better that y’all should wallow in the muck of victimhood now and forever.

    3. Amen. Should be “…for those WHOM I hurt with my words…”

  10. As with any internet outrage, it’s hard to know exactly what sparked it

    Silly rabbit, that’s the whole point. If people could tell what sparked it, they’d be able to avoid it in future and demand some sort of consistency. We can’t have that. When the mob says “jump,” the only acceptable response is “how high?”

  11. Schadenfreude is an easy reaction here:

    Apathy is an easier one.

    This guy is freaking over nothing, and he’s foolish for thinking this even meets “tempest in teapot” levels. Honestly, it’s no different from the guys that pre-emptively freaked out about the Ghostbusters reboot, about the Wonder Woman movie, or that were trashing Captain Marvel on Rotten Tomatoes before it shut down early reviews.

    Which is to say, sure, folks are over-reactive idiots making mountains out of molehills, especially online, and on Twitter in particular. But that some people take it too seriously (like this author) doesn’t mean that the publishing industry is in trouble any more then the hate Brie Larson has gotten means the MCU is in trouble.

    1. The publishing industry is almost dead last I saw. Amazon is the last bastion.

      1. Actually, this is one of those “Free Market” success stories libertarians like to talk about. The big publishers, who used to act as gatekeepers, have seen their power and influence diminish as barriers to publishing get smaller every year, allowing smaller folks, like Sourcebooks (the publisher here) to move from relative obscurity to the 14th-largest publisher in the US.

        There’s more to an industry then the big leaders.

        1. You do realize the story you’re weaving is likely the exact narrative playing out in the heads of “the guys” predicting Captain Marvel and Endgame as the swan song of the MCU, right?

          That Marvel has prostituted itself out of all the characters and story lines that anybody cares about and all that they can do as the monolith they are is to unimaginatively/formulaically gender and/or race swap essentially the same property in order to pander to a wider and thinning audience?

          I’m not saying I agree with that narrative, but it sounds almost like you don’t realize how much you actually do agree with it.

          1. You do realize the story you’re weaving is likely the exact narrative playing out in the heads of “the guys” predicting Captain Marvel and Endgame as the swan song of the MCU, right?

            Only if you completely miss my point.

            Which, since you obviously did, here it is again: don’t sweat online mobs.

            1. God you are so bad at this.

            2. don’t sweat online mobs.

              Even if they’re only in your head.

          2. Anyone who thinks. Marvel has used up all the storylines anyone cares about is an ignorant moron. They literally have a few hundred more characters that, if written correctly, could carry a film or tv series. Even with Avengers, there have been so many generations of that team that the Marvel Conematic Universe has barely scratched the surface.

            1. Marvel has used up all the storylines anyone cares about is an ignorant moron.

              From my perspective (again I don’t agree, but sympathize) It’s not exactly that they’ve used up all the story lines that anyone cares about, it’s that 2010-2020 has been a bit of a perfect storm or bottled lightning. They’ll be hard pressed to do in the next decade what they’ve done in the last. It just doesn’t make sense statistically and *should* be considered a feat in and of itself that they’ve pulled it off thus far.

              They literally have a few hundred more characters that, if written correctly, could carry a film or tv series.

              First, The Defenders says otherwise (and I liked them all except Iron Fist). Second, you’re shifting the goalpost a bit from what I was saying or reaffirming with EE. The issue is their uniquely identifiable and exceptional property is gone. “If written correctly” changes the issue a lot. Gene Roddenberry, Riddly Scott, George Lucas, J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, etc., all have bevies of characters that could carry a film or TV series or seem to… if written correctly.

              1. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is largely based on developing lesser known properties in the first place. Iron Man was hardly a household name prior to the release of the 2008 film. Nor was Thor, and Captain America was hardly in the limelight.

            2. Even with Avengers, there have been so many generations of that team that the Marvel Conematic Universe has barely scratched the surface.

              Sure. But the current team didn’t exist in canon as is. So, you can’t just take the existing material whole cloth, and put it on screen. It won’t translate. Some portion of their material is exceptionally good, some could be if well written (just like anybody else’s material), and some portion of their material couldn’t be translated to the screen at any cost.

            3. Increasingly they’re not using the storylines, they’re just taking a dump on them. Which is the point.

              The people making the movies hate the genre, hate the franchise, and hate the people who like them.

              It’s increasingly obvious to actual fans.

              Look at what happened to Solo. The most beloved character in Star Wars, and his origin story lost money. And it was a perfectly fine movie. Fans are just tired of Disney’s open hatred of them.

              There is infinite entertainment to be had. It’s not that hard to move on from a franchise run by people who spend most of their time telling you how much they hate you.

              1. It’s not that hard to move on from a franchise run by people who spend most of their time telling you how much they hate you.

                It has Disney’s M.O. for decades. Well before anyone juxtaposed the letters S, J, and W, Disney was hated for picking up IP, attaching bells and whistles to it, parading it around for $$ until it seemed like abject schlock, and then locking it in a vault never to be seen again without their permission.

                There are virtually no pro-Intellectual Property thinkers who won’t generally acknowledge that if any one entity (in the West) abuses IP, it’s Disney.

                1. And amusingly, almost all Disney’s “original” IPs were taken from public domain.

        2. Yeah, anyone can publish now but notably people aren’t buying books like they used to for any seller. It’s a dying market, so it’s easy to get into it’s just extremely difficult to make a living at it.

          1. Writing has always been extremely difficult to “make a living at”. Even the ones who got some amount of fame (like Edgar Allen Poe) had a hard time actually living on it. Rock star success stories like Rowling have always been rare.

    2. Honestly, it’s no different from the guys that pre-emptively freaked out about the Ghostbusters reboot, about the Wonder Woman movie, or that were trashing Captain Marvel on Rotten Tomatoes before it shut down early reviews.

      There’s one key difference which is that this guy exists.

      1. The entirety of the “trashing” received on RT for Capt.Marvel consisted of people clicking “No” in answer to “Do you want to see this movie?” But it was a higher percentage than Disney/Marvel liked. So as spun, this was presented as a “storm of abuse from a hatemob of misogynistic incels”. There were NO reviews, positive or negative, though the “Yes/No” answers were invariably referred to as “reviews” in every article and headline that came out. Did you think something else happened? It’s the fabrication of an undesirable out-group, one easy to look down on and irresistibly tempting to feel more virtuous than. Congrats.

        No one had problems with Wonder Woman, except the SJWs who hated Gadot, who, having been in the IDF and not being a raving feminist, would otherwise be a target. What vague impression of “outrage” has formed in your mind? Was there an incident? Or is it more “seems like the kinda thing I’m told always happens”?

        And I’m sure there really were guys who complained about the gender swapped GB2016, before the movie was even out…but the fact that there are some idiots on the Internet doesn’t really improve the ill-directed, ill-improvised, misandristic pile of pandering pustulence they actually made. I didn’t really see a lot of that, though I did hear the MSM reporting “a tidal wave of harassment and abuse” and I’m sure that’s an accurate and well-researched assessment. Close enough for you, apparently.

    3. Apathy is an easier one.

      After reading the whole article, I do find myself wondering why I or anyone else should care.

      1. It is another in the endless stream of real life morality plays where the revolution inevitably eats its own.

    4. No, no. It was definitely schadenfreude that I was feeling, mixed with a good helping of dismay.

  12. “I am your creator – you must – you will – obey me!”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g59vR0o28iU

  13. These are adults who complain. Why are fully-grown adults reading literature designed for teenagers?

    Our culture has become so infantile. Oh, for the return of days when men wore suits and women wore gloves and we all drank martinis and exchanged bon mots at smoky nightclubs. (Yes, I like The Thin Man movies)

    1. Myrna Loy.

      Would.

    2. Just imagine how Earnest Hemingway and the whole Gertrude Stein Lost Generation solon would fare today. That stuff wouldn’t get past the first posting.

      1. Gertrude Stein would be fine, because of her sexuality. Hemingway is despised by the woke culture warriors. He would not do so well today.

        Amazingly, fellow Lost Generation writer, Ezra Pound, experienced banishment because of his fascist politics and fellow writers denounced that as censorship. There is a lot to be said about how terrible the cultural elite in our society today are so much more inferior from those of the recent past.

        1. Pound was a horrific fascist but he was a brilliant poet. And his best poetry had nothing to do with fascism or his politics. It seems very stupid to banish great art because we don’t like the artist.

          1. It’s a good thing Hitler wasn’t a very good painter or we’d have to argue about that too.

            1. There is always David. David was one of the great painters of the 18th and 19th Century. He was also a complete scumbag propagandist for both the worst of the French Revolution and Napoleon. His painting “The Death Of Marat” is fantastic. The problem is Marat was a journalist and pampleteer during the French Revolution who specialize in declaring people “enemies of the Revolution” and inciting mobs to go and murder them. He was finally murdered in his bathtub by a woman sympathetic to the Girondons whom he was then advocating be exterminated. The painting portrays Marat in this heroic light which is about like portraying Georbles’ suicide as some noble death.

              What do you do with that? Or indeed David’s entire amazing career?

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Marat

              1. From the wiki:

                Detail of The Death of Marat showing the paper held in Marat’s left hand. The letter reads (in French) “Il suffit que je sois bien malheureuse pour avoir droit a votre bienveillance” or in English, “Given that I am unhappy, I have a right to your help”

                That’s is as perfect a summation of left-wing ideology as I’ve ever seen, and it hasn’t changed in 230 years. It ALWAYS boils down to, “Gimmedat”.

                1. It all goes back to the French Revolution Red Rocks. Everything they have done since was played out in some form during the French Revolution.

          2. And I totally agree. Good art stands on its own. The personality of the artist shouldn’t matter.

            1. Well there you have it then. The sign of a truly great artist is that, even after finding out what a scumbag they were, you still keep their stuff in a lofty position. It’s only mediocre artists whose work will suffer when it turns out the artist is a scumbag.

              1. I can agree there, although YA isn’t a genre that is generally considered all that artistic. Still, a general rule doesn’t predict every writer’s output obviously.

          3. I am not normally a fan of poetry, but I do agree.
            I love Wagner, (for obvious reasons!) doesn’t mean I care about his supposed anti-Semitism. As a metal-head, it shames me to admit this, but my wife absolutely loves P!nk. She got me to go to a show where we were in the pit. I actually have learned to really enjoy her as well. I generally don’t agree with her politics (well at least some of it), but I don’t care. As long as at the concert they don’t shove their politics at me.

        2. “”Gertrude Stein would be fine, because of her sexuality.””

          Nope. She’s not transgender. She ranks so low on the totem pole that from her position it’s a constant yellow rain. I don’t think you realize the extent to with the Intersectionalist Identitarians are systematically placing everyone against the wall. No amount of progressive hand wringing will keep you safe when the revolution comes. Our only hope is to get eaten last.

          1. Excellent thread everyone, thank you. I am going back to my books on the French Revolution [“Citizens” by Simon Shama, et al] as it does seem rather poignant to our current times. As you say, not much has changed when it comes to revolutionaries.

          2. Our only hope is to get eaten last.

            I first read that as “Our only hope is to get eaten fast.”

            I’m not sure which is closer to the truth.

            1. That is the only hope in the Necronomicon. To be eaten first and thus spared the experience of the horrors that follow

    3. Sometimes I think about how amazing it must have been to live in a sane and civilized world like that… I am incredibly jealous of all you old bastards that even got a taste of that. The world is just such a shit show today it is unbelievable. Not that things were perfect back then, but just so much less ridiculous.

      1. We’re ome big purge away from having that world back.

        The existence of the progtarded is very optional.

        1. Fingers crossed! I just want them to be the ones who kick it off, so it’s got good optics for the sane people 🙂

    4. Why are fully-grown adults reading literature designed for teenagers?

      I assume because they never matured past a teenaged/ high school level mentality and are therefore unable to understand anything more advanced.

    5. Yes, everyone wore suits 24 hours a day in real life back in the day. Even when they took their weekly baths.

      I do so love genre snobs though.

    6. Well, they *used* to be the place to find fun adventure stories centered around some variation of the Hero’s Journey,

    7. The thirties and forties are coming back.

    8. It would have to be all-organic, gluten-free, fair-trade bon mots in current year.

      You can get the clothing and some manners, but a heavy dose of irony will be inavoidable.

  14. Imagine what a pointless, depressing loss that would be for the readers of the future.

    Well it seems silly to set yourself on fire then cry about the burns. But that seems to be where this garbage is headed.

  15. “Alas! I had turned loose into the world a depraved wretch, whose delight was in carnage and misery…”

    /Victor Frankenstein

    1. Madeline Kahn liked him though.

      “Woof!”

      1. Puttin’ On the Ritz!

      2. Know what they say: “Once you go haphazardly-constructed spare parts animated by lightning bolts, you never go back.”

  16. I doubt most people would agree that it’s inherently unacceptable to write a story centered around characters of a certain identity in the context of a tragedy perpetrated against people with another identity.

    A lotta guys might say it’s inherently clever and creative.

    FFS, if you don’t like something, don’t read/consume/use/own it!

    1. FFS, if you don’t like something, don’t read/consume/use/own it!

      Well now that just will not do, no sir. If I don’t like it neither can you, you racist/sexist/phobic/privileged pig!

    2. Seriously.

      I mean, c’mon, give a few seconds’ thought to what you write, Mr. Journolist. Do you really mean that it’s inherently unacceptable to write a story from the point of view of German prison guards in the context of the Holocaust? Or from the point of view of a Unabomber-style terrorist, or an Arab slave trader, or a 17th-century witch hunter?

    3. FFS, if you don’t like something, don’t read/consume/use/own it!

      But then how would you get the things you don’t like banned or censored so that neither you nor, more importantly, anyone else will ever be exposed to things you don’t like?

  17. “The race to see who is the “purest” will eventually destroy the social justice crybabies…”

    Such are the wages of intersectionality, and the race to be the most aggrieved and thus privileged to set straight the lesser mortals.

    Paradoxical, no?

  18. At the risk of being targeted by online mobs again and getting banned again by Reason and having all my comments deleted (again) for speaking out against bullying, thank you Reason for standing up for individuals who are targeted by angry online mobs who try to suppress their work.

    1. You call what you do here “work?”

    2. “At the risk of being targeted by online mobs again and getting banned again ”

      As someone who has never been banned, I wonder how easy is. You, Crusty, and Cynical Asshole have all been banned. They haven’t told me why. Any thoughts on your banning? Why you got banned?

      Of course, we all know Palin’s Buttplug got banned for kiddie porn, so if that is the standard you guys probably deserved it like he did.

      Speaking of child sexual assault, did you see where chemleft came out fully in favor of importing as many child rapists as possible to the US? Pretty sick stuff.

      1. I have posted here for years and few people are more obnoxious especially to the staff than I am. But, I have never been banned either. Frankly, I don’t understand how someone gets banned here either unless it is for trying to dox someone or effectively trying to shut down the site. I would be curious to hear if there are any other reasons.

        1. That is why I was asking, curiosity. No one seems to know what happened.

          1. Which article did Jeffy post that shit supporting pedos?

            1. Round up.
              Its glorious.
              Copy and pasted it into a word doc and sent to my friend.
              25 pages of sheer, psychotic stupidity

      2. Did PB actually link to child porn? FFS……

        I figured if anyone ever got banned it would be me. Either for telling Tony to kill himself, or calling for the purging of the progressive movement.

        1. That is what they say. Multiple people claim to have saw it. the problem is that it would have been quickly deleted by reason. So, there is no way to confirm that is what happened but I see no reason to think so many people would lie about that.

          If you notice “moneyshot” came and went pretty quickly. So whatever that dumb ass did, it must have really pissed off reason.

  19. A mob of rouges descended on chemjeff today when he called for asylum for child rapists.

    Can libertarianism just pull the plug at this point?

    1. It got pulled awhile ago… It’s just taking awhile for it all to swirl down the drain! This proggy, Cosmotarian, left-libertarianism is a total dead end IMO. Right-libertarianism with a couple of exceptions to purist dogma is the road forward… If we don’t just end up living in a full on communist or fascist state.

    2. A mob of rouges

      Rouges? As in French for “reds?” Like commies? Huh. Seems like I miss all the good stuff when I’m trying to actually do stuff at work.

    3. Rouges? We’re they specced from the mascara talent tree?

      1. It’s when the rouges, eye-liners and glossers descend on you that it’s bad. Few survive, but they look FABULOUS!

  20. Life’s a bitch, bitch.

    1. Scary Terry approves

  21. It’s of course possible that Jackson’s book is genuinely offensive. But the review doesn’t come close to making a compelling case that it is:

    Of course not. Actually making a compelling case would require one to be capable of more emotional range than “triggered and outraged.”

    “Many members of YA Book Twitter have become culture cops, monitoring their peers across multiple platforms for violations.”

    Sounds like a lovely group of people that anyone should be proud to be associated with. /sarc

    1. You were also subjected to censorship yesterday on this site. I blame Gillespie

      1. What was up with Crusty Juggler’s posts all disapearing? Anyone ever have an explaination for that?

        1. I asked him but haven’t gotten an answer.

      2. I wasn’t around yesterday, I was actually doing stuff at work. Shocking, I know. Seems like I always miss the good freak-outs . Stupid job.

        1. There was a fairly pedantic thread where Crusty Juggler was being his usual self and people were arguing over whether Matt Welch was defending neocons and then suddenly BOOM all of the Crusty Juggler posts disapeared. No one seems to know why.

          1. Someone with ban power read them, probably.

          2. Matt does take some very regrettable positions at times.

          3. Are you sure they wren’t talking about the goatfucker who must not be named?

          4. Are you sure they wren’t talking about the goatfucker who must not be named?

  22. I hope most kids who see this nonsense are sufficiently horrified by the thought control program they are put off of SJWs for good. But there are always people who adapt to fit in without ever considering what they are accepting.

    1. Honestly, most of the teens are just ignoring this and reading the latest cancer kid romance. I think this only really impacts the small part of the YA market that is ‘woke.’

  23. Lord help me… I do SOOOO love watching these insane people eat their own. There’s nothing more beautiful.

    This guy obviously just bowed to the pressure, and probably has already convinced himself he did something horrible, which he clearly didn’t… But lots of people seem to recognize the error of their ways after they get attacked, so I hope these incidents keep stepping up in frequency and intensity!

    1. Pass the popcorn.

    2. This guy obviously just bowed to the pressure, and probably has already convinced himself he did something horrible

      If you’ve ever wondered how struggle sessions worked, now you know.

      1. Malcolm X was onto something when he said slavery was a state of mind more than body.

      2. Hey why were you banned yesterday?

        1. I wasn’t, as far as I know. I wasn’t even around. Too busy doing actual work. I’ll probably be too busy this afternoon too.

  24. Jackson is black and gay?this matters here, a lot?and was preparing for the release of his debut young adult novel, A Place for Wolves…

    When trans-lupine activists called him out on his species appropriation?

    1. I know right?! Wolves get all the cool stuff and us ursine-Americans get shit on.

      1. If you are going to roll with the big boys you got to like the big girls, especially the ones with 295-296 coding. If you can’t handle it you need to hang up your claws and start shilling Coca Cola.

      2. You’re aboot a half-step from the border of reality and furry.

  25. None dare call them book burners, because they like the fascists and their culture war

  26. Books written for teenagers.

    I am a dinosaur. I just do not understand the contraversy here.

    Read everything I could get. We had a library, the librarian would sometimes hand me something, The Hobbit, Treasure Island, Wrinkle in Time, Conan Doyle, Jungle Book…

    Sad to me that young people today are subjected to a political social agenda.

    1. Kids were subjected to a culture agenda in the recent past, too. There were attempts to ban Harry Potter and Huck Finn back in the 90’s and 80’s. The only difference is that cultural crusade was met with derision by our elites. The elites today largely endorse or are apathetic to this new cultural crusade. It’s all principals and has absolutely nothing to do with principles.

    2. I agree with what you are saying but part of being a vibrant civilization is the ability to produce your own great art. It is great that we still have the great art from the past and that these assholes at least for now don’t have the ability to take it from us. They do, however, have the ability to keep new great art from being published or ever known to the public or worse, because they poison the minds of so many otherwise creative people, ensure that it isn’t produced at all. And that is a problem.

      1. Are you assuming that YA authors are making great art or art on any level? the definition of a YA novel is a short, badly written book that contains a boring story meant to create feelz.

  27. I think Schadenfreude is exactly the correct reaction here. This is the natural endgame of super hardcore identity politics: no one is pure enough to survive. The only people who will respond to this nonsense callout culture are the people who believe the nonsense. Luckily, there are millions of books already in existence that we can safely read, and plenty of other genres not tainted with this poisonous mindset.

    1. This is true but they can do real damage by marginalizing those books and keeping people from reading them simply because they are less well known than they once were and most people don’t have the time or the patience to look.

      1. They disparage these books as worthless because they were written by old white men. Even the ones that weren’t

    2. millions of books already in existence

      “Good. More fuel for the fires.”

    3. +1. I generally feel bad about feeling it, but this asshole got exactly what he deserved.

  28. Jesse Singal is Robby Soave in the future. That’s not a dig, either. I can just see if Soave ever wrote for a more mainstream publication his publishers would face as much backlash to fire him as “New York” magazine has faced to fire Singal for wrong think.

  29. “cannibalistic”

    Awesome! Let them eat each other. The rest of the article is a giant steaming pile of who-gives-a-shit.

    1. There is a great meme going around that is a still from the famous “Monkey Knife Fight” scene in the Simpsons. The two monkeys are labeled “liberal” and Homer and the various characters standing around cheering the fight are labled “Republicans”, “Libertarians”, “anarchists”, “Minarchists”, and so on. It is absolutely perfect.

  30. The Nazis (and others at times) euthanized books. The books existed but should be no more.

    These people are aborting books. They create an environment where the books never really get to exist.

    Both are bad, but the latter is worse. At least books that were burned existed for some time and someone read it. It entered the realm of shared ideas. These people want to stop that at the word go. They are trying to make the job of the Fahrenheit 454 firemen of tomorrow easier by reducing the number of books ever made in the first place. They will say “But THESE stories are OK,” ignoring the glaring reality that it may be OK to them but it is forbidden by someone else and must, therefore, be destroyed before it is even made manifest.

    1. Okay, even if we accept your thesis…

      Have you see AO3? Even if some folks are making it harder to make a living as an author (and let’s be honest, if you don’t get lucky, it’s never been easy), it’s easier then ever to get your story out there, get it read, get it published, etc. and so-on.

  31. A lingering question:

    Who should write stories about whales?

    1. That’d be the folks who play free-to-play games but spend hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in the in-game stores. So-called because most players of the game are “little fish”, who will maybe very occasionally actually spend money, and it’s the “whales” who actually keep the game (and the game development team) profitable.

  32. Every time read stories like this, and they are NOT at all uncommon, I just want to go home and re-read Ender’s Game all over again. And then re-watch the movie. Because I like the sound of asploding heads.

    Young Adult literature may be gone before the decade is out. Because not even children will read the drek that Intersectionalist Identitarians write.

    1. Because I like the sound of asploding heads.

      Then you would love this:
      LINK

  33. Not the first time this has happened, not the last time.

    I guess the good side of this is the Social Justice-minded left has at least found a less violent way to display the eventuality of their social order. Instead of firing squads, they just kill people off with Twitter outrage bombs.

  34. While the motivations of the movement for more diverse voices in young adult fiction is commendable?YA fiction, like many other areas of publishing, has its fair share of access problems with regard to class and race

    I find that hard to believe. All the YA stuff I hear about can’t shut up about how inclusive and diverse it is.

    1. Which has the unintended effect of making the rejection of those things subversive.

  35. “While the motivations of the movement for more diverse voices in young adult fiction is commendable…”

    Yet the effects of the ‘movement’ have far too often been horrible.

    So, at some point, it would seem appropriate to question if those ‘motivations’ are actually commendable, or even accurate.

    But, let’s face it, real introspection is not a SJWs’ strong suit.

    1. And, to anyone outside the SJW circle, it should be even more obvious that not questioning these motivations is not doing anyone any favors.

  36. Why is the motivation to increase diversity, defined as more people belonging to arbitrary “identity groups” commendable? Shouldn’t they just publish the authors that write stories the most people want to buy? It seems to me that by starting from identity politics, you guarantee some sort of shitty outcome.

    1. BUT, OMG, what if that ends up being mostly white male authors, and books about cool stuff like cis-gendered tough guys fighting evil people and getting the hot chick at the end???

      Can’t have that sort of thing…

  37. “Stories about the civil rights should be written by black people”

    “Stories about suffrage should be written by women”

    History books should be written by whom? Dead people?

    Shouldn?t cookbooks be written by the ingredients? They are the suffering ones here…

    A textbook about sewage systems – well, you guess it.

    Dear SJWs: please, do not grow up. I had the time of my life reading that article.

  38. Typical identity politics. This is what happens when you are incapable of viewing people as individuals. If you are a member of a one of the some victim group, you are incapable of being a villain. Everyone in said victim group must by definition be innocent of anything and everything and may not be portrayed as anything else. Everything must fit a pre-approved narrative with no possibility of any kind of exception. 2+2=5.

  39. Absurdity.

  40. Non illigitimus carborundum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.

    1. My mom introduced me to that one. She said it “Illegitimi non carborundum est”. I said it to my 10-year-old son once when he’d had a bad day with other kids at school. Even gave him the translation, but told him not to use it in class.

  41. Maybe young adults should stop reading young adult literature, is it seems to be harmful to brain development.
    Stick to the classics.

  42. Not a single side comment about the gay man being an evil cultural appropriator.
    The rainbow is a religious symbol of God’s promise to never again destroy the entire world (less Noah, family, and a zoo) for it’s sins. That this promise to the nation of Israel has been hijacked by homosexuals is blatant cultural appropriation. No wonder they cannot deal with themselves.

  43. what the fuck did I just read?

    1. YA Fiction. LOL.

  44. I love the cries of terror and dismay of those who fed others to the crocodile, hoping it would eat them last, when it finally turns on them.

    Sounds like Justice.

  45. I wonder what it would be like to have the time to bitch about everything and anything? It must be a boring life.

  46. What made this -hole think it was ok to write a Muslim character? He should be limited to only gay black characters. Every. Character. Must. Be. Gay. And. Black.

  47. Looking at the Goodreads reviews, I’m particularly amused / horrified by the people who initially gave the book a positive review, only to go back and grovel to the mob about how uninformed they were, and OF COURSE this book is literally Hitler. The speed with which these people do a 180 if they start getting the sense that they’ve engaged in wrongspeak or wrongthink is astounding.

    That said, I’ll happily help myself to a healthy serving of schadenfreude. As one person pointed out on Twitter, if you join the witch hunt, you’ll eventually become the witch.

  48. “While dealing with the hurt my debut has caused …”

    Enjoy your lack of writing career. You deserve it.

  49. “While the motivations of the movement for more diverse voices in young adult fiction is commendable…”

    Why is that commendable? Writers should write what they want to write, not regurgitate a check-list of politically correct memes. Does every book have to be about a one-legged Eskimo lesbian with a hare-lip struggling to overcome being oppressed by straight white males? Because that’s what “diverse” really means.

  50. He pulled the novel so he can spend more time focused on the Quillette article he’s writing right now, no doubt.

  51. Destruction of curiosity is the end result of all of this nonsense. That future will be much like the past, with education being a rarity, hidden in towers deep in the mountains, accessible only to a handful of devoted stewards, while the unworthy feast on human flesh and decorate their genitals.

  52. So, beaten to death with irony?

  53. “Full I-got-sucked-into-this-vortex-too disclosure: On Wednesday, the morning after I started tweeting about the Jackson situation, McKinney tweeted that “History will place Jesse Singal in the same category as Trump, Bannon, the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and all the other bigots currently coasting on the media’s obsession with humanizing some of the worst meat sacks to ever tumble into existence.” As a liberal Jew, I respectfully disagree with McKinney’s assessment.)”

    This is the same SJWs that proclaimed Holocaust survivors as having “white privilege” and therefore deserving to suffer. Enjoy your cannibal creation, Jesse.

    You very much remind me of the Jewish veterans in Germany wearing their WWI Iron Crosses as they were herded toward the trains by the National Socialists protesting their loyalty to the Fatherland all the way.

  54. “While the motivations of the movement for more diverse voices in young adult fiction is commendable”

    there’s your first mistake

  55. If the American writers had their way with Naruto Shippuen, Madara Uchiha would be republican from Georgia who wants to cast an infinite illusion upon the world in which everyone can own guns and nations reject refugees. “Uchihas first and only” would be his motto.

    The obsession of American entertainment to shoehorn in topical political allegory and lefty talking points into EVERY storyline is bordering on fetish. If there’s some show about mutant superheroes, you can bet your ass that they’re allusions to gays and minorities and marginalized group and the opposition is caroonishly evil bigots. Every conflict is framed in terms of civil rights, racial identity politics, and some cause celebre current events. No hero’s journey can be personal, intimate, or organic.

    Can you imagine some publisher or literary group pressuring Edgar Allen Poe not to write so much about idealized women and putting them through so much pain? Why, maybe he should write more about women about color struggling to make it in a male dominated company! The left might not advocate for outright censorship, but their tireless effort to sacrifice creativity in the name of identity politics is unmistakble. If you’ve already decided that only certain topics can be read or written by someone, who’s being close minded?

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