The Assumptions Booktube Makes About Authors. (And why It’s problematic)

Edit: After doing some more research, I have decided to not Purchase “The Color Project.” However, I feel like the things I said still apply to most of the things people claim to be “problematic.”

**An important note before you read on

I am not attempting to silence anyone who has spoken out about these issues. I am simply stating my point of view on this particular subject. I am very open to hearing, and discussing the other side of things! I just want it to be a respectful, not heated, discussion.**

So I will hopefully only need to address this once on here. And this post will be super generalized. I know not all of booktube/the book community behaves this way. I’m also new to blogging. I’m in the process of learning a new website at the time this posts. Anyway, with all that out of the way, lets move onto the topic at hand!

Maybe this has always been a part of booktube, and i’ve never noticed it. I’ve only been on booktube for eleven months. I my channel will be a year old in August, so if this has always been a huge thing, I was blissfully unaware.

What I’ve noticed recently, is people promoting the boycott of books, and certain authors.– And that is a right they have to be fair! I may not agree with them, and think that the very idea of people advocating censorship and making unrealistic demands of authors. However, that is their opinion and they are entitled to it. In theory, I respect that right. I respect everyone’s right to freedom of speech. Wether you live in America or not. I believe that everyone has the right to express whatever feeling they have, and as long as they are not advocating harm on people, or other living things, they should be able to speak freely.

Here’s the issue with many people on booktube. A lot of these “boycotts” are based on assumptions that others make about the author. Based on characters, or certain things a character said, did, ect. Not to mention that most of the time these things. –Wether it be quotes from a book, or posts made on various social media accounts– are being used as “evidence” to say that “x is a bad person because they said xyz in this, that and the other thing!”

The most recent case I noticed was a book titled “The Color Project.” A book that I was very excited for, had pre ordered, and just a few days ago found out that the author had the “problematic author/boycott” label slapped onto them. Why? because allegedly– and I don’t follow the authors social media accounts so I cannot confirm or deny this.- they made a post that was biphobic.

There is a character in he Raven Cycle, by Maggie Stiefvater who is canonically bisexual. And the author apparently said something to the effect of “But he was straight in the first book!!!!”

Now, right up until I read The Raven King- I assumed that Adam was straight. He had never shown interest in his male friends. Ronan had been very interested in him, but he had made very little implications that he recipricated those feelings up until a certain part in the series.

Before everyone gets all up in arms, and gets the pitchforks nice and sharp, I am a lesbian. Queer representation is important to me. TRC is one of the reasons I came out. Before then, I identified as a bisexual because i have a crush on a male celeberty that I have absolutely 0% of a chance with ever. I had forced myself to date a man in college, because I was in the closet. I survived a very verbally abusive relationship along with some other things I don’t feel like getting into at the moment.- Now that  I’ve said this, We will continue on with the discussion!

I honestly don’t think this comment came from a place of malice, or homophobia, or biphobia. Whatever you would like to call it. I would honestly just say it was ignorance. There is a huge difference to being homophobic  and being ignorant.

Maybe Adam is like me. Maybe he was gay all along, and just forced himself in the closet. given his family situation, it honestly wouldn’t surprise me. Hell, maybe Adam was blissfully unaware of bisexuality.

Unfortunately, not everyone knows that bisexuality exists. This is often not due to people having some sort of phobia, but a simple case of being uneducated in sexuality. Up until a few years ago, I had no idea what an Asexual was! That was a new term to me. I had never heard of it until I started dating someone who was an asexual.

Sometimes, people just make mistakes, because they have not been educated properly. Now, if this author came out and said “I hate bisexuals!” That is biphobia.

Instead of trying to educate this author on bisexuality, people made an assumption about her.- Perhaps these people are right! I wouldn’t know! I don’t follow this authors social media! I don’t know anything about them, or their personal life! All i know is that they wrote a book, and I want to read it.

I could go on about how sometimes, you have to separate the art from the artist, but I have probably gone on long enough for now.–If you would enjoy a post on my thoughts on separating the art from the artist, please let me know! I’d be more than happy to write it up for you guys!

And I fully support those of you who choose to not buy this book because of the things mentioned! No amount of things that I say will get you to change your minds! And that’s A-okay with me!

I just also want that same respect in return. I don’t read books to hurt people. I read books that sound interesting to me, and my interests. Me simply reading a book will do no physical harm to you, or the people you care about.

Also if you couldn’t tell by now, I’m extremely blunt. That’s just how I am. I refuse to apologize for it.