If you've been around my blog long enough, you'll know that I hate censorship! I believe that we have the right to express our artistic views however we wish. It should be a personal choice or a parent's choice for their child. But a company making my choices for me? Or a book reviewer who didn't like a book getting the choice of deciding if that book is now even going to be published? NOPE!
But we're not talking about a person today. We are talking about the company. Not just any company; Amazon.
Yes, I know that they are allowed to sell or not sell whatever the heck they want and we can shop somewhere else.
Where does it end? And is this the start of something? Also, if big companies start censoring things, it makes them harder to find and thus the creator might not be able to continue doing what they love if not enough people know about it and support it. Lastly, why is it only certain titles that get this treatment?
What started this was a manga series that my partner got me last year for Christmas.
This manga is rated M for Mature. It says on the front explicit content. You can tell just from reading the back of the manga that this is not for young ones. But Amazon deemed it inappropriate and now you can buy it on their website. Only the first and third volume are available, the other is not. Actually, I take that back, you can get volume 2 in German.
This isn't the first time I've seen this happen! It was with another m/m manga that I was reading at the time.
BLURB: Aidan has always dreamed of a different life, one that was somehow more than what he knew. Desperate times force him and his adoptive family to move to Grandfather Patrick’s house on Devil’s Ridge, a tiny, rural town, that is far more than what it seems.
On the Ridge, Aidan finds a world filled with magic, monsters and terrifying beauty. He has discovered his “different life” but it isn’t at all what he expected, and not all of it is good.
With most of the townspeople involved in the Clan, a dark cult, and Grandfather Patrick as the Clan’s head, Aidan knows he isn’t just imagining that the whole town is out to get him. When Aidan is lured by an ancient force literally in his own backyard, he is rescued by the mysterious and handsome Asher Vane, who his grandfather calls a “demon”. Is Asher something terrible? More importantly, is Aidan?
This manga has to be censored because there was male nudity. Also one of the volumes was too racy for Amazon.
Which makes me wonder... I've read a manga where there were uncensored topless women that I bought from Amazon. Not to mention all the erotic sold on Amazon. Why is it different? I want to know why is it okay to have smut in written books but not in manga? I've read far more raunchy things in books I've bought from Amazon than what The Dark Earth showed.
So my question really boils down to two parts. One, why is just the m/m stuff? If there is f/f or m/f stuff I'm missing please let me know! But I've personally not seen any. The other is where do we draw the line? Sex in manga is too much but hey, sex in this book is totally fine! Even sex with more than one partner! But not this manga that shows two guys together! That's too much!
Am I just reading too much into this? Have you come across any titles that Amazon won't sell that you want? Let me know your thoughts on this whole thing.
Stay safe, stay happy! Read a good book!