Canceled and/or Beloved?

Gwen Plano tackles this controversial subject with great insight. As a young reader, I raged at historical images of book bonfires when totalitarian regimes took power. They did not tolerate great thinkers, including great authors. What does that say about the current banning of books written by the authors Gwen lists here? I love her list of timeless advice for writers. What do you think?

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Hello SE friends, Gwen with you today. When we last met, the topic was 1984, and we focused on writers who predicted the future. Several of the mentioned books were banned because the content was controversial. Of course, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley were two of those authors. SE writer John Howell had an excellent post on banned books earlier this year. If you’d like to check it out, you can find it here.

What was so threatening about these books that they were banned? Let’s answer this by looking at the present.

These days we hear a lot about folks being canceled. Basically, anyone who doesn’t accept the popular narrative is a potential target. That narrative covers topics such as sexual identity, COVID vaccines, demonstrations vs. riots, border walls, gun control, and the list goes on. The finger-pointing is everywhere present.  

For writers, this blame…

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9 thoughts on “Canceled and/or Beloved?

    • Thanks for stopping by, Robbie! Gwen tackled an important and controversial topic here. So many of the banned books were once required reading! It seems someone wants to cancel history, and those who do may not understand why.

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      • Hmmm, you could be right that some people don’t know why. Burying history doesn’t change it or prevent it happening again. I would like remembering it would be more useful. I think there are some who know exactly why they wish to cancel history. It reminds me or 1984 by George Orwell.

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