With everybody getting offended, it’s hard for creative people to find bad guys

We all know that the entertainment world, deprived of Islamist bad guys for its movies (since real Islamists might respond with real killing), having been reduced to demonizing corporations, recycling Nazis and, when all else fails, dragging in space aliens.  Books, too, are feeling the pinch.

I was trolling through Kindle’s free books the other day looking for stuff to read. Unless I’m quite obviously not going to read the book (Paleolithic cook books aren’t my thing), I click over and check the best and the worst reviews for a book. The best reviews tell me about the book; and the worst tell me about its flaws. Any book that gets scathing attacks because of bad grammar, wooden dialogue, whiny heroines, etc., never finds its way onto my Kindle.

Today, I found a “one star” review that raises a point I’ve never thought about before: the book is unfair to witches. As best as I can tell, the book is a sweet, but silly, romance/ghost story but, somewhere in the book the writer said something mean about witches and got this negative review:

5 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed, April 15, 2013
By GW Alumna (Planet Earth) – See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Keep Me Ghosted (Sophie Rhodes Romantic Comedy #1) (Kindle Edition)

Let me first say that I’ve enjoyed Cantwell’s books immensely. And I enjoyed this one for about the first third. Then the problems started. The problem in this book, the malevalent ghost, was identified as having been evoked by witchcraft. I don’t take insults to my religion lightly, and this is the last Cantwell book that I will ever read. Just imagine if some dastardly ghost had been invoked by islam or judaism. We didn’t even get the dignity of a capital letter for our religion. I am very disappointed in Cantwell. I thought she was better than this. It was just a cheap shot that was totally unnecessary. Surely she could have created an antagonist without insulting people.

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  • dustoffmom

    Oh for the love of Pete!!!  Even more astounding, 5 people found it ‘helpful’.  Shaking my head in disbelief.

  • http://vinnysrants.blogspot.com vinny

    Burn the witch!

  • Charles Martel

    Hmmm. . .She didn’t get the “dignity of a capital letter” for her religion but managed to avoid conferring the same dignity upon “islam” and “judaism.”

  • Michael Adams

    All this over a ‘religion’ invented by two con men in 1952?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Witchcraft is not a religion. But even if it was, nobody knows about you to even know that you do exist so…
     
     

  • lee

    She turned me into a newt!
     
    (I got better…)

  • http://www.amazon.com/Occupy-Innsmouth-ebook/dp/B009WWJ44A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361504109&amp raymondjelli

    Is she lighter than a duck??? Has Amazon even checked before allowing her to represent witches?

  • SADIE

     
    She’s bewitched and bothered – we’re bewildered.

  • Ron19

    Re your post http://www.mrconservative.com/2013/06/19464-navy-to-remove-all-degrading-images-of-women/ 
    on Mr. Conservative about material offensive to women, with the all-out search warrant scheduled for eight days in the future, now is the time for everyone to acquire material that will be deemed offensive and plant it on people you find offensive.

  • Mike Devx

    The lady said,
     Just imagine if some dastardly ghost had been invoked by islam or judaism. We didn’t even get the dignity of a capital letter for our religion.
     
    Is she being very subtle with her lower-case ‘islam’ or ‘judaism’, or is she blitheringly oblivious to having *exactly* the same disdain that she accuses the author of?   The rest of her paragraph doesn’t lead you to consider her a subtle writer, so: she’s blitheringly oblivious!
     
    Hard to take her seriously.  I’d take her about as serious as I’d take the blitheringly oblivious fool who says “Now, I’m no racist, but I just absolutely believe that people of different races ought to live in different countries.”