Do Writers Have a Responsibility to Their Readers?


When my children were young, I read to them. Later, they read to themselves books that I helped them choose. We looked for books that entertained and maybe educated a little bit. We homeschooled, so often the books we read were textbooks or fiction recommended by the curriculum writers to correspond with or at least compliment their subjects. Because we listened to the recommendations of people we respected, I had no fears about the books my children read. I knew they would not read something that was contrary to our lifestyle: that they would learn good character traits and often even learn something spiritual along the way.
 
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4 thoughts on “Do Writers Have a Responsibility to Their Readers?

  1. For the most part writers can’t anticipate the lifestyles of their readers, though they might anticipate age groups, or genre readers. The responsibility lies on the reader-end of the equation. And maybe the choices readers make about whom to rely in for recommendations if they fear being exposed to something they don’t agree with.

    1. I agree. I also feel like if I write something that might be a little bit too edgy for certain readers, I would be upfront about it. For instance, my book, To Dance Once More, focuses on waiting until marriage for sex and remaining faithful to your spouse. I have a lot of homeschooling friends who love to read historical romances because they are pure. However, I let them know that this may not be a book suitable for a young reader because it does deal with situations where the main character has to choose to do right.

  2. Thanks for following my blog, Sherri! I’ve signed up for your blog too. I definately feel that we are responsible for the books we write – every page should bring glory to God. Edgy Inspirational can bring glory to Him, and I agree that the writer and publishers should be careful to be upfront about what makes it “edgy” when marketing. 🙂 Blessings!

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