I’ve been in shock for the past 24 hours. Now and then I can manage to talk like a normal person, but then I go right back into shock.
I first learned about the MZB revelations yesterday, about this same time. Of all places, I first heard of it on Goodreads. The Mists of Avalon was being discussed in a book group I belong to, and I hadn’t cared for the book. I’ve tried more than once to read it and I just…can’t. For many reasons. I thought listening to the group’s thoughts might help give me a reason to try again.
Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement. I would say more, but a lot has already been said, most of it better than I could manage.
The following links include basic information about the controversy, including one post that shows how it applies to modern fandom.
- Silence is complicity – Natalie Luhrs
- Marion Zimmer Bradley Gave Us New Perspectives, All Right – Deidre Moen
- Breendoggle Wiki (TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD ABUSE)
I want to point out that this is not a witch hunt. This is not someone who did something awful, felt miserable, and did his best to try to undo the damage as best he knew how. Same goes for MZB. And the fans supported them in their delusion. They enabled them. That’s why this is still relevant. Fans still do this.
I think I’ll stop trying to read her books. I will also no longer recommend her books as “something I heard was good but that I couldn’t get into myself.”
I’ve also decided that my kids will not go to cons without either me or my husband present. The issues in fandom run too deep.
Beyond giving my public support for the victims, I can’t think of anything else to do. I’m sorry. I wish I could do more right now.