Just look up the pictures! (Bloody hell)
Similarly, what was “Ghost Girl” by Tory Hayden doing in a school library?
I’d be curious to hear your opinions – should books carry SLVP like films do? What’s the point in putting age restrictions on films if you then allow publishers to put books on the “general” shelves that ought to come with a warning, and let children and teens walk into the knife?
Loewe is an old, well-established, incredibly successful children’s publishing house in Germany. If they set such a precedent – whatever? Should we all follow like sheep down that path? (Do I detect “herd mentality” again?)
And if Tory Hayden’s publisher doesn’t warn readers on the book cover that the book contains scenes in which babies are raped, and kittens are ripped in two with their bowels spilling out all over over a naked 6-year-old’s stomach, after which the 6-year-old is ritually raped and then “sacrificed” in a satanistic cult meeting –
- Should that book be accessible to youngsters in a school library? (My oldest read it at age 11, from the school library)
- Should it be in the “general fiction” of a standard bookshop? (I bought it, expecting just a good story – not that depth of graphic violence and perversion)
- What the hell is going through the publisher’s mind, NOT pre-warning readers? We know Stephen King writes in the genre of gory horror, so we know what we’re getting. Instead, “Ghost Girl” is promoted as a “gripping story”. Yeah it grips you – with horror and revulsion…
Should publishers, bookshops and libraries (and in the case of the above link, schools) just “throw everything out there for whoever wants it” and let whatever may, happen? Or do they have a responsibility towards young readers, sensitive readers, readers’ preferences in general just like the movie industry is taking responsibility for their SLVP?
I’d love your thoughts on this.