Sunday, February 27, 2011

Should fictional smoking be outlawed?

I was updating my Squidoo lens about thriller author and independently published Kindle author Stephen Leather and noticed a review, and I noticed a review in this book that a reader didn't approve of the main character's smoking habit. So I added a duel model that asks the question: Should fictional smoking be outlawed?.

It is an interesting to me from the standpoint of the whole anti-smoking campaigns have brought us to a point that even imaginary smoking bothers someone so much that they'd take the time to write their first and only Amazon review. Hasn't that gone a bit too far? Kinda like ... brainwashing.

Personally, I don't really like being around smokers. The installer from DISH came in the house the other day and for hours afterward I had windows cracked despite a raging snow storm outside. I'm just not a fan of smoking.

But, when a fictional character smokes it doesn't bother me so long as the character is an adult. Come to think of it, I read about all kinds of characters that I'd rather not be like ... but it doesn't bother me that they're imperfect. having imperfect characters makes them more interesting to read about. For instance, when I've read books that feature Hannibal Lector it didn't occur to me to suggest to the author that he give up eating human flesh.