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Post by ColleenMc » November 20th, 2020, 1:57 pm

Hi all,

I just started a Tom Swift book project as book coordinator, and as I was dividing it into chapters noticed that there is a supporting "comic relief" character that is typical black stereotypes of the time -- talks in dialect, keeps buying gadgets but gets flummoxed by "technology" and thinks Tom is doing some sort of "hoodoo" when he invents something to fix the problem...that sort of thing. He's refered to several times as a "darky" in the narration and uses the n-word once in dialog in reference to himself. There's also a "tramp" character who shows up who is also stereotyped, though not racially, and he's actually a bad guy in disguise so that's less problematic to me. (Some good-guy "tramps" also show up and help Tom!)

So anyway, I want to add an advisory to the book description and was looking without success for a similar one on some other piece of fiction, especially a kids or YA book, that has similar issues to "lift" or base mine on, and haven't been having any luck. So can anyone point me to a book that has such an advisory in its description?


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Post by TriciaG » November 20th, 2020, 2:03 pm

Listeners are forewarned that some elements and characters included in Tom Swift books portray certain ethnic groups in a very dated manner that modern readers, and listeners, may find offensive. Despite the racially stereotyped behavior and pronunciation in the books, the Reader believes it makes sense to read what’s written in order to be faithful to the author’s intent.
Warning: Set in the 19th century, this book contains references to Jews and Asians that are offensive to the modern ear.
Caution: This book contains a couple of racial epithets that may be offensive to some readers. Turns out horses aren't very progressive or PC.
A note to listeners: This book was written in a different time, and as such, contains language and sentiments that are offensive to modern sensibilities.

I did a search on " offensive" and sifted through the results. These are just a few. :)
Elizabethan Poetry: The Psalmes of David
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5
Short essays: Elia, and The Last Essays of Elia
Bulwer-Lytton novel: The Caxtons

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Post by ColleenMc » November 20th, 2020, 2:48 pm

Thank you! This is very helpful!


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