As I was reading through all of the comments, I began to wonder if Jackson included the word in her upcoming release SISTERS RED. I sent her a quick e-mail and she said "you just can't slaughter werewolves and say 'oh, fudge!'" I was impressed that she wasn't letting the one star reviews due to language dictate how she tells her stories.
As for the debate over here, Jackson had some thoughts for us to share.
"I'm not saying parents shouldn't monitor (and, if necessary, censor) what their kids are reading, I'm just saying that censoring them and thinking they're preventing their kid from "growing up too fast" is 100% futile. Your kid will grow up just as fast-- only you'll have ceded control of the wheelhouse to their peers. I should think everything your kid might encounter in everyday life-- including swearing-- would make a worthy teaching experience, even if it might make things a little uncomfortable for the parent. But maybe that's just me."
We also had some other writers weigh in on the topic:
- As usual, Loretta Nyhan made a case far more eloquently than we ever could.
- Our debate also helped Melissa make some decisions about the content in her own WIP.
- Kristi Faith continues the debate over at her blog with a post about F-Bomb Fridays.
- YA Author and actual YA, Hannah Moskowitz, commented on profanity earlier this week.
- Another post from CKHB that was written the day before ours. Something must have been in the air this week!
In other news our very first vlog has been postponed until next week. Little Ms. J is very busy and important and had better things to do this week than write our script. But don't worry, the great accent debate will rage on sometime next week. Stacey has already read the super secret script and claims it's hilarious (and hopefully free of f-bombs). Get excited.