Today I ran across something that got me thinking--what lines are there in who should contribute to certain book review sites.
I have my knee jerk reaction, but do not want to taint your opinion with how I feel about the following scenarios so I will tell you my opinion at the end.
Blogging and reviewing is great because anyone and everyone can do it, but some lines are awfully gray.
Well known review blog X caters to a primarily adult female book lover audience. Quite often sexually explicit material is discussed by the contributors of the blog. Blog X has hired a new contributor, after a few reviews by this new contributor, word gets out that the reviewer is a minor and male.
Let us muddy up the scenario. You also find out that the minor has been allowed to post a review of an adult themed book that contains explicit sex with the blog owner's consent.
Here are the issues I am dealing with--the audience and publishers engage with blog X with the expectation that it is adults serving adults. Now, the reviewer probably used the blog's name to procure the book through an ARC dispersal site. You can choose multiple answers for this one.
Now. New scenario.
You discover that a minor female is writing reviews for a site that caters to adult men. Granted, the female's reviews do not cover adult material, but some of the male contributor's reviews do discuss very sexually explicit material. There is interaction, however, between the minor female and the males and sometimes that interaction does include adult themes.
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Here is my take: Once you accept advertising money and books from publishers who specialize in adult content--your monetary supporters, as well as your readers, have certain expectations. If you want a blogger to do reviews on other literature, then find an adult, not a minor. It is not appropriate for a minor to blog, with the owner's consent, on a site that often deals with adult themes. It is even more wholly inappropriate to post a review, by said minor, that deals with adults themes.
Now, it would be easy to blame the publishing companies or the ARC distributors for giving a minor a book with adult themes, BUT they probably had the expectation that a reviewer from Blog X was an adult. In my mind the owner of the blog is completely at fault.
What say you?
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