OUT is a novel that is too controversial for the traditional publishing world. But we want to get it out there, and we need funds to publish paper copies of the book and to publicize it. It’s due out in October 2012.
It takes place in a world where same-sex couples (Parallels) run the government in close association with a powerful religious organization. Opposite-sex couples (Perpendiculars) are criminalized, sent to rehabilitation camps, and treated as outcasts.
it’s basically a really really ridiculous dumb “reversing the status quo” novel that promises to be nothing but an exercise in terribleness
and it’s already reached its 500 dollar goal
(my favourite part is the suggestion that a heterosexual love story is TOO CONTROVERSIAL FOR THE TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING WORLD)
this is like that coals and pearls bullshit all over again
who wants to bet that the author is straight
edit: not sure if straight, but married to a dude, so
Oh lord, the coals and pearls one. Oh god. Oh god. *mentally blocks* Yeah, DO NOT WANT.
What I really wanna know is do these people get off on fanatsizing that they are the oppressed group? Like this one, the Save The Pearls one, the Love Is All You Need (or All You Need Is Love idk) which is also about gay/straight ppl, and there is even one making people with mental handicaps the oppressors of those without. Do these people just wake up in the morning like “Damn I wanna know what it feels like to be oppressed today. Why am I so fortunate ;(
And as much as the creators of this shit want to say they’re trying to make a point, they’re really not. The fact of the matter is, straight people literally cannot understand what it’s like to experience heterosexism. No matter how many thought experiments they want to do, it’s still just that — a watered down thought experiment. (A lazy one, at that.) You’ll never know what it’s like, and the fact that you can’t just fuckin acknowledge that, and stop talking over people who actually do experience heterosexism, is part of the problem to begin with. “Reverse oppression” stories aren’t even novel — it’s an old trope that needs to die in a fire and never come back.
It’s not that your story is “too controversial” for the publishing world. The reason no one will publish your story is probably that your story fucking sucks.