No Space Is Safe From the Youth Fiction Lynch Mob
Would they have panned Lord of the Flies? The highly influential twitterati coalescing around young adult literature have reportedly intimidated authors of this genre such that few dare publicly defend another’s work, lest they become targets. The Black Witch, called a “condemnation of prejudice and injustice” in early reviews, became “dangerous” and “offensive” in a tweet by a bookstore employee/blogger because some characters expressed racist views. A viral assault ensued, calling out dissent as complicity, and leaving writers wondering if characters resembling real-life antagonists must be sanitized from their narratives.