1. Don't read the book
Other people's reviews and opinions are more than enough to inform your rock solid stance on the issue. If you're stance starts to waver, get far away from the book and go read another blog post.
2. Steel your defenses
If you really cannot resist the temptation to read the book, make sure you go into it with your opinions already formed. This is the best way to make sure that the book does not force you to re-evaluate your standpoints. The person who said "if your opinion is truly correct than it can stand up to any questions" has clearly never been in a Twitter battle before.
3. Keep the controversy front and center
Now that you've got your opinions fortified for battle, don't lose sight of your enemy. Characters may be charming and the writing may be poetic, but don't let those features distract you from the purpose of your reading. By all means, do not let yourself get emotionally involved; boarding a ship will only sail you away on a sea of feels away from that controversy.
4. Align the characters' opinions with those of the author's
The author wrote the character's offensive behavior and ideals, so they must reflect the author's personal viewpoints. Write what you know, eh? This is especially applicable if the offensive behavior is coming from the main character, who is supposed to be the good guy.
5. Make no distinctions between glorifying and discussing an issue
If an issue is being talked about, it is encouraging the reader to participate in said activity. All publicity is good publicity. Characters must outwardly (and preferably verbally) condemn the controversy so that the reader is not required to draw their own conclusions (possibly allowing for the wrong one to be drawn). At all times, protect the reader.
6. Post a damning review on social media
Once the book is read, it's time for the review. The best reviews get right to the meat of the topic: the controversy. Most book reviews break the book down into sections like, characters, plot, writing style, etc., but the reviews for books that you disagree with can be different. Nobody cares how well-crafted the book was, tell us what you think about the issues. Don't forget to include a few details about the book; character names are usually helpful! This step is even better when combined with step 1.
7. If in doubt, disengage
If at any point you are wildly confused with where you stand on your stance, that you developed in step 2, disengage. The best way to protect your opinions from change or
This tutorial has really been weighing heavy on my mind lately, so I hope you enjoyed it. If you found these tips helpful, please let me know! Let me know all your thoughts below (by "all your thoughts" I mean the thoughts that align with my own, obviously). Comment away!
Reading: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
Watching: Casey Neistat vlogs
*If you didn't pick up on the large amounts of sass in this post, this is a heads up that this post was completely satirical. I hope you enjoyed this departure from my usual style.