November 2017
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rape in novels


I picked up a Tanith Lee book, The Storm King, and started reading -- then started skimming, because in the first chapter a woman is raped by two different men, then goes on to be raped durning her pregnancy while the queen is trying to poison her, then the queen gets raped and compliments the man raping her.

This made me so furious I ripped the book in half, and kept ripping until each page was in at least six pieces. Who the fuck do you think you are?

To all the aspiring writers reading this: Yes, rape happens, and therefore some novels should, realistically speaking, contain rape. However, it should not be described in detail -- this is glorifying the basest and most demonic of acts and is disgusting and reprehensible. Anyone who does make a scene out of a rape, this is what I have to say to you: You are perilously close to being as evil as a rapist. And who the fuck do you think you are? If you have not been a victim, you do not have the right to open your mouth on the subject. There is no "poetic license" here. Don't do it.

I'm really disappointed, 'cause Tanith is such a phenominally skilled writer that I'm sorry I can't read everything she's written, but I can see that I'm going to have to research her books before buying them. Or waste money destroying books. I would have burnt the damned thing but had nowhere to burn it.

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And it made me all kinds of fucked up last night -- I couldn't even have sex.

feelings: furious
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Comments
tinystages ══╣╠══
that's so tasteless of a writer to write about rape. c'mon, there are better things to write about. i don't believe "the black unicorn" has any rape in it. it's been a long time since i read it. but it was good. :)
anar_anar ══╣╠══
There are certain situations where talk of rape is appropriate in novels, however what you described sounds unnecessary.
nikare ══╣╠══
Grrr
Don't you hate it when that happens? I'd prefer to write about making a peanut butter & jelly sandwich and have it sound sexually appealing. Much better idea than trying to glorify the details of rape. The bad news is, you didn't get to get with the making of the knocking of the boots. The good news is, there's always the opportunity to make up for the missing out on the knocking of the boots.

On another note...
This is also why, if you're a dedicated pyro, you have a designated spot and supplies always at the ready to remove any object that offends you. :-)
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
Re: Grrr
The bad news is, you didn't get to get with the making of the knocking of the boots. The good news is, there's always the opportunity to make up for the missing out on the knocking of the boots.

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I am a dedicated pyro -- if I owned this place I'd have burned it, but I don't want to risk getting kicked out for the sake of burning stuff on the patio.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
Re: Grrr
oh, now I get it. I forgot that last sentence I wrote. ;-)
nikare ══╣╠══
Re: Grrr
As grammatically incorrect as that may seem, it is completely correct in my eyes. "Get to get with the making of the knocking of the boots." No, I'm not making simple clerical errors; prepositional phrases can be fun! : ) And don't tell me you don't know what "Get with the making of the knocking of the boots" is either, but just in case...
"Knocking boots" = making love
"Get with" = to do
"Making of" = act of doing something
"Banana" = Yellow food
"Train" = Vehicle that goes 'choo-choo'
"Caffeine" = C(8)H(10)N(4)O(2)
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