As Artists, Are We Responsible For The Way Others View Our Content?

Off Limits

Okay, where do I begin with this topic?

The other day I was reading a review for one of my books (Hooked On The Jones). The female who posted the review seemed very pleased with the book and I wanted to thank her – let’s call her Rachel.

So I go to Rachel’s twitter profile, just to check her out and see who she is, and thank her for the glowing review, and I swear to you – this girl couldn’t have been any older than 15 years old.

Now I don’t know her exact age but she looked very young, and anyone who has a care bear as one of their main photos, cannot be older than 15…

So I took a deep breath because I was at a lost for words. My book Hooked On The Jones is a rather steamy novel, and I didn’t feel right about someone that young reading it or liking it!

Once I browsed through some more of her photos, I saw that she was quite the “romance novel” addict.

I didn’t know how to handle the situation. I mean it’s none of my business really what people spend their money on, but something about it just bothered me. I do not want to be one of the reasons some 15 year old girl is in her kitchen explaining to her parents that she is pregnant.

Not to say that that’s the result of reading my book, but I mean… come on – you can see where that’s leading.

Okay, so maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but where do we as artists draw the line? Or is there a line at all? 

I am in my early thirties, and I know that I was highly aroused writing the book. So I can only imagine what some young teen – who is being pressured by her friends to fit in, and going through all these hormonal changes is going through.

I started to try to find her mother on her page and write to her. I would have said, “you need to watch what your daughter is reading before you end up with a surprise.” I am only joking. I would NEVER do such a thing, but it just disturbed me a little bit.

Should we as artists worry about what we put out or are we well within our rights to express ourselves how we see fit? I would never put out anything too gruesome, offensive, or off-putting, but I am a grown woman, and I feel that I should be able to express myself as such.

Just seeing that young girl and her addiction to “soft porn” {joking} – bothered me.

I could be completely overreacting and/or completely wrong. That girl might not even be a teenager, but she sure looks like one.

So what do you think? I would love to hear if issues like this play a factor in what you create?

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