In my humble opinion I feel an author possesses exactly zero authorial responsibility and burden apropos meeting some kind of standardized set of social expectations and norms. I just finished listening to Hank’s Green interview with B&N and also saw that J.K. Rowling has stirred up controversy again, this time for casting Claudia Kim, a South Korean actress, as Nagini from the Harry Potter books. Apparently this is a huge faux pas because it propagates a sort of “unhealthy ‘Asian Dragon Lady’ stereotype.”
For all the culture warriors out there expressing outrage: Take a breath, calm yourselves, and please sit down.
Rowling owes all of you people nothing. The same way Lucas owes all of you people nothing as well. If you dislike their creative decisions and the choices they’ve made, the door’s right there. Please show yourself out.
I’ve heard that there are broadly two camps of thinking when it comes to this topic: Camp A thinks that an artist creates for themselves. Camp B thinks that the artists creates for their audience. I plant my flag firmly in Camp A.Continue reading “Authorial Responsibility & Burden”