Belenen (belenen) wrote,

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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.


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

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