One of the worst things about Twitter is people moaning about this, that and everything. Conversely one of the best things about Twitter is being able to moan about this, that and everything with other like-minded souls.
What Twitter has done is made the watercooler, the office, the post-work-pint discussion a shared social experience. Take just this morning when author GP Taylor ( Shadowmancer , the Vampyre Labyrinth series) appeared on BBC Breakfast arguing in favour of an age-rating system for children’s literature because it has become too frightening.
Fellow author Patrick Ness ( A Monster Calls ) also appeared on the show to squarely rebut Taylor’s position, a baton carried by Twitter in the minutes and hours after:
@ monstroso So why was GP Taylor on BBC news suggesting govt introduce measures to keep books out of the hands of the kids who want to read them? Prat
@ Patrick_Ness Well, that was fun! Notice how often GP Taylor said the names of his books? Glad we were all clear on priorities.
@ mrtonylee If a scary story gives a kid nightmares? GOOD. THAT'S THE POINT OF A SCARY STORY. The reader will learn. If they like it? They'll continue.
@ lavietidhar I think GP Taylor is bang on about age restriction on kids books. For instance, they could put a TERRIBLE WRITING warning on GP Taylor books
Needless to say, it’s a debate with some very impassioned opinions on either side, particularly from GP Taylor and Charlie Higson. Be sure to check out their respective Twitter feeds for more on the matter: @ GPTAYLORAUTHOR @ monstroso
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