Let’s Talk Bookish: Controversial Blog Posts

Hello and happy Friday! I am very excited for this week’s Let’s Talk Bookish topic, so I’m going to get straight into it! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books. This week’s topic is: Controversial Blog Posts

What exactly do you mean by a ‘controversial blog post’ anyways?

contentious, disputed, at issue, disputable, debatable, arguable, vexed, tendentious

The easiest way that I would describe controversial as is something (a topic, a book, a character…) that a bunch of people don’t agree with, or have different opinions on.

So, a controversial blog post would be a blog post that talks about a controversial topic! And although I’ve never written one (I think?) I have read quite a few…

So, here is an example

Honestly, I have no idea why I thought I could come up with examples off the top of my head. But a controversial blog post could be many things.

For example, last, the book George, by Alex Gino was selected to be one of the elementary school books for a reading competition, where kids read 16 books, and in battles, answer questions about the books.

Synopsis:

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

The controversy was whether or not this book was appropriate for 3rd through 5th graders. It was huge. There was an article in the New York Times about it. There were petitions, school districts dropped out of OBOB, it was a huge controversy. And people wrote about it. There were blog posts for the book and against the book. Most of all, it was out there. All the opinions. People really fought for this book to be removed, and for this book to stay.

I don’t agree that entire school districts dropped out of OBOB. I really don’t. And my opinion on that is extremely controversial. But it is mine. And other people have theirs. And I’m not going to change my opinion because people don’t agree with me.

SO. FINALLY. My thoughts!

There is nothing wrong about writing a controversial post. Nothing. I mean seriously. It should be encouraged. The blogging community should be happy to read multiple opinions no matter how many people want those opinions to be shut down, or limited, or just not said in the first place. Thoughts and opinions on topics, if everyone agrees on them, or if no one does, have every right to be put out there.

But seriously.

Controversial blog posts are not bad. They are definitely not. And they have every right to be written, and every right to be thought. They just should not take away from the learning and experiences of others. But they should not stop being written. And they should definitely not stop being read.

What do you think about controversial blog posts? Have you written any? Have you read any? Did you hear about the controversy surrounding George? Chat with me in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Controversial Blog Posts

  1. I agree with everything you said, Aria! I haven’t written any controversial post yet, but they are very important. I remember feeling very bad because I didn’t like a certain book that everyone liked, but I found a review title ‘Controversial opinion about’ and I was so relieved to read the words of someone who thought like me!

    many times, I read a controversial opinion that are not at all like mine, and they help me (a very emotion-driven person) to reflect on the rational aspects of topics that I would consider untouchable (because of said emotion-driven mind).

    If we all thought alike, I think they’d be little to no growth in our intelligence and diversity as a society.

    Thank you for this great post!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this post! (The topic itself could even be considered controversial, so that was interesting for me.)

      I definitely agree with you about if all people thought alike! The saying ‘great minds think alike’ is so not true, because if it was, we would not get anywhere as a community and society!

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