The Week

I will be in Sydney when this post goes up, but plan to add to it when I get back!

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UPDATE: So, back in Canberra and the heatwave that won’t seem to go away! Weirdest thing that happened in Sydney: I dislocated my right knee for (I think – as far as I can count) the eleventh time. It is a very common ballet injury, where is why it started happening to me. It’s not as bad an injury as it was the first few times, but still annoying and stupid.

The Razzies

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Catholic school tells gay author Will Kostakis his speaking visit no longer ‘appropriate’

Young Adult Author Will Kostakis

10 Romance Covers Reenacted by Real People

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My review of Taking Fire (One-Eyed Jacks #4) by Cindy Gerard

Taking Fire (One-Eyed Jacks #4) by Cindy Gerard

My review of I Kissed a Rogue (Covent Garden Cubs #3) by Shana Galen

I Kissed a Rogue  (Covent Garden Cubs #3) by Shana Galen

My review of Wedding Night With the Earl (The Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels Trilogy #3) by Amelia Grey

Wedding Night With the Earl (The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy #3) by Amelia Grey

Catholic school tells gay author Will Kostakis his speaking visit no longer ‘appropriate’

Catholic school tells gay author Will Kostakis his speaking visit no longer ‘appropriate’

Australia used  to be the land of firsts. For example, giving women the vote. Here in Canberra, we HAVE legalised gay marriage, but it was overturned by the High Court of Australia.

Now? We’re about on par with Saudi Arabia! I’m Catholic, but sometimes the Australian (Irish) Catholic church is monstrous.

Young Adult Author Will Kostakis

“A Catholic school has cancelled a speaking visit from an award-winning gay author of young adult books because his new book – which includes a gay character – has been deemed “not appropriate”.

Will Kostakis, 26, came out as gay on his blog last week after an ex-boyfriend of his was diagnosed with cancer.

Just days later he received a cancellation email from a teacher at De La Salle College in Revesby Heights, in Sydney, where he had done a successful speaking visit last year.  

“We have a concern about promoting your new book at our school as it is a Catholic school,” the email reads.

“We were reading over your blog and I think it might not be appropriate, and parents might not be happy.”

Authors and Politics

Yesterday I unfriended a bestselling author on Facebook. My update feed was filled to the brim with bizarrely bigoted, hateful political images she was sharing from extremist American Facebook pages. I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing, so I went directly to her page…

…where I found a graphic she’d posted, claiming that the children of the Sandy Hook massacre died not because of gun problems, but because they weren’t good Christians.

I was horrified.

And I couldn’t help but let her know she’d disgusted me before hitting that ‘Unfriend’ button.

It started me thinking: if an author’s political views make you sick, does that bleed through into their books?

I’m saying yes.

Before the internet, all we had to go by was the little biography in the jacket cover. Those biographies rarely said something along the lines of, “Mary Sue is a bigoted, gun-toting, misogynistic Christian extremist”.

I don’t go out of my way to find out about an author before I try their books, but I often do after the event. This has especially been the case recently, as it seems every book I’ve DNF’d this year has been written by a bigoted, gun-toting, misogynistic Christian extremist.

Now, you wouldn’t usually know by reading the book alone. Sure, their books are more likely to be set in certain areas of the US not known for progressive views (I’ve learnt to do my research before picking up anything with a cowboy on the cover). But they (or perhaps their editors) keep those attitudes out of the text.

And yet, I can always pick them. I regularly DNF a book for having extremely out-dated characters, or for just downright boring the bejesus out of me with its 50s stereotypes. And yet someone must like those books.

I truly hope these authors are a dying breed. I see most upcoming authors respect gender and marriage equality, can see beyond NRA propaganda to the real issues, and don’t hold a politician’s race up as a reason to not vote for them.

But to think there’re high-profile authors who see nothing wrong with being so hateful and misinformed on their professional profiles… It still makes me sick.