Censored in Tennessee

by Jeff Abbott on October 28, 2009

Apparently my novel FEAR is among those being defaced in the Maury County Library in Tennessee, by a person who objects to the language in it. This person is marking out words they don’t like. You can see the orange paperback edition of FEAR on a rack of books defaced by this freelance editor. Here’s a news clip from Nashville:

Censorship Mystery Grows

If you don’t like the language in a book — then don’t read it. No one is forcing you to read it. Return the book and check out another.

This strikes me as both sad and funny — last month I got an email from a reader who was very upset with me for having a character use a specific term the reader found offensive; and the next day I got another email from a reader who liked the story and the characters but felt the dialogue needed MORE cursing in it. I should send them each other’s email addresses and suggest they be pen pals.

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    Kristan November 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Haha, I heard about that person! I think I’d be amused more than anything else if my book were being defaced. In one specific location, that is. If it were happening everywhere, I’d probably have an emotional breakdown.

    “If you don’t like the language in a book — then don’t read it. No one is forcing you to read it.”

    But don’t you realize, he’s saving humanity!!

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