Maybe you’ve seen a few posts and stuff with the hashtag RebelliousWriting. When I found out what it was, I jumped on the bandwagon. I’m not usually one to do stuff like this, but I emphasize with the message.
So, Aster, now that you’ve rambled on for a few sentences, what is Rebellious Writing?
It’s a movement started by Gray from graymariewrites. Since she put it so eloquently, I’ll just paste what she wrote.
#RebelliousWriting is a movement that demands for wholesome books. Books that are full of light, good morals, family, friendships, and adventures, instead of books full of darkness, swearing, sex, vile relationships, and lust. Let’s rebel against the social book standards that scream at us to fit in, in order to be cool or relevant.
Yes, yes yes! I agree wholeheartedly.
A Rant About YA and My Reading Journey
Let’s back way back to when I was in second grade. At that point, I loved Little House on the Prairie, Because of Winn Dixie, Chronicles of Narnia, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, historical fiction, biographies, anything.
Come middle school, and I realized that my reading pile was dwindling severely. My mother helped me find books, and would spend a long time in the library trying to find clean books for me. She’d come back with only a few, and I’d read them in a day or two. (I read every moment I had. I mean, I read a book a day practically.)
In sixth grade, I rarely read at all. There were no good books. I tried moving to the YA section thinking there might be better books there. (Ha, that was a brilliant idea. not.) My mom found a book for me that was biblical YA fiction. And there were some excessive love scenes, glorifying of evil, and anti-Christian messages. I still remember them, and the bad message that book delivered.
About seventh grade I moved to the adult section. There it was slightly better, if not hard to find things that I liked. I read Ben Carson’s autobiography, classics, and whatever clean inspirational novel my mom liked. But it was still hard.
There was one year where I read my mom and dad’s old college textbooks because there was nothing else to read. I’d reread all my other books, and had given up on YA and Adult. (I did learn a good deal of psychology and business, so I guess that was a silver lining.)
In eighth/ninth I started finding my own books to read. It became a little easier after I discovered the whole branch of fiction written by Christians. (Especially indie.) I started reading again because I found great books like the Ilyon Chronicles, Dreamtreaders, Dragons in our Midst, and others.
But I still rarely go to the library. The library provides popular books to the general public to borrow. Not necessarily clean.
Of course, there is some good books that are clean and mainstream. Books like Percy Jackson, The Princess Bride, The Ranger’s Apprentice, Storybound, The Book Thief, The Giver, To Kill A Mockingbird, and others. It’s just hard to find them underneath all the piles of not-so-clean YA and Adult stuff.
Can we read other things besides clean books?
yes. But is it the best thing for you to be putting media into your brain that you can never take out? Swearing, glorifying evil, sex, and a whole host of other things are put into books these days, but it doesn’t add anything to them. Some people might like it, but it cheapens the product for me.
Instead of reading about positive things and books with great themes, I find books all the time with things that I don’t even want to hear about.
That’s not to say that all books should be cotton-candy marshmallow clouds of sugary fakeness, but I don’t want to be reading stuff that’s dirty. Life has evil stuff in it. Life has hard stuff in it. Some of that needs to be in books because otherwise it’ll be fake sounding. But we don’t need to glorify it.
It’s a easy change. Instead of putting something like “!#$@#%#$Y%^#” he exclaimed.
Put something like this: He cursed under his breath.
Dirty stuff shouldn’t be in YA books, or even MG books. (Or even Adult books.) But the change won’t happen if no one does anything about it.
Let’s write more clean, wholesome, fun, fist clenching up-till-three-am books. Let’s write subplots with wholesome, cute romance. Let’s write books that weave themes of courage, true beauty, and hope into an amazing story.
If you’re a reader, write reviews on amazon about clean books. Often, reviews inspire potential buyer’s interest. Recommend great books to your friends.
And regardless of who you are, you can write a post, make a tweet, Instagram, whatever, with #RebelliousWriting.
I’m not naive enough to say that all will be clean and happy in la la land. (The theoretical place, not the movie.) But, we can get worthwhile books into our libraries, our homes, and to the general public.
That was a pretty long post. If you agree, please pass it on! 🙂