I don’t have much to say on the issue. Have you met many writers who are in favor of censorship? I haven’t. In fact I haven’t many people in general in favor of censorship.
I will say this: many of us up-and-coming writers of young adult especially have a not-so-secret wish to be challenged or censored or removed from a library or what have you. We hope that a challenge is a sign that the up-and-coming have up and come, and that a challenge can also lead to brisker sales yet, what with all the Fox News and Good Morning America coverage.
I am among those writers, probably. My first two novels are chockfull of objectionable material, and I don’t know what’s keeping the frightened parents. But no challenges have come.
I’m keeping the next one clean, if you’re wondering. There will be no sex or mention of sexual activity. There will be no foul language. I’m not exactly sure why I’ve decided to do this. One of the characters is straight-up against cussing, so it works for her. But the other—well, he’s a gamer and a metalhead, and I don’t think he’d have a problem dropping a bomb now and then.
Did I lean on the F-word a little too much in novel number one? Some have said so. I don’t think I did. Each one seems like a right choice for the character, and the frequency with which each narrator uses that word (and other foul language) says a lot about them. But maybe I cheated.
I used fewer in the second, but still quite a few—probably way more than most YA novels will mess with. One review I remember said it would be great to get the book in English classes, but alas it wouldn’t happen, what with all the cussing.
I think I’m just challenging myself. So there you go. No one’s challenged either of the first two novels, so I’m challenging myself instead.