Shades of Grey: Do authors have a moral responsibility to their readers?

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In the book ’50 Shades of Grey’ author E.L. James depicts an abusive relationship, trying to pass it off as BDSM. Is this morally dubious, given that people might read the book and think that it accurately depicts BDSM? Or does it not matter, because it’s a work of fiction? Do authors have a moral responsibility to their readers?

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Somewhat - there are instances in which an author might be considered to have a moral responsibility to their readers

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No, authors do not have a moral responsibility to their readers

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Yes, authors have a moral responsibility to their readers

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reece says2016-12-15T14:07:37.8157429Z
I'm sure a lawsuit would fall fairly under the guise of consumer protection.
Eric567 says2018-04-05T16:59:33.8018096Z
Well, you could have looked the book up on your phone before you bought it, or read the back?
Eric567 says2018-04-05T17:06:12.6428230Z
Well, you could have looked the book up on your phone before you bought it, or read the back?

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