Political Correctness in Literature

Just imagine, you’re reading an epic fantasy novel where the hero must fight a group of black rhinoceroses that are under the control of a cult dedicated to demons.  The hero pulls his or her sword, and is ready to attack.  Then the sidekick comes forward, and says, “Stop!  This must stop! These are a critically endangered species, and you must not commit speciocide!  Also, you must respect other religions.  This cult has the right to exist, just as all other religions do.”

This kind of thing is fine if it’s in a contemporary novel that involves this sort of topic.  But life isn’t politically correct.  And fantasy certainly is not politically correct, either.  The language would be so different, carefully chosen.  The dialogue would be unnatural.  You’d have equality for everyone, even if it were a historical fiction based a few hundred years ago.  It would be irritating to read.

What do you do?  Stare at the book in shock?  Laugh?  Think it’s satire?  But what if it isn’t satire?  What if this novel is filled with all of this because the author wants to get a message across to the readers?  Would you continue reading it?

This idea seems absurd, but think about this, there are people who would ban or burn books because they contain material offensive to them.  I’d hate for them to succeed.  I just want to say, “Leave our books alone.”

5 thoughts on “Political Correctness in Literature”

  1. It’s a difficult topic, but you make a really good point! Books sometimes imitate the real world, and in real life, things are just always ‘correct’, but the way it’s written can sometimes bring a message across a lot stronger 🙂

    1. I often see many parallels between fantasy or science fiction and the real world. However, they handle things differently, and never resort to political correctness.

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