What Is a Clean Read?
Ask ten different people and you’re likely to get ten different answers. Even the word “clean” itself, as an adjective, has multiple meanings. Of course it’s the opposite of dirty (which is also a multi-faceted word), but it can also mean precise, chaste or virtuous, and even complete or thorough. If you’re perusing a dating site, clean could mean anything from having good hygiene to simply being disease free. That in itself could encompass a wide range of people.
In some circles, clean can even have negative connotations. Someone who is described as clean-cut often is thought of as dull or boring. C’mon ladies, who would you rather date: Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne? Without knowing their alter egos, I’m pretty sure most would pick the brooding playboy.
A new website called Clean Indie Reads wants to illustrate to the world the variety of “clean reads” available. There’s nothing dull or boring about this growing list of fascinating books. Founder of the site, author Lia London says,
The goal of this site is to connect writers from across the genre spectrum with readers who want to discover something great. Specifically, it is to find independent authors who are writing books that would generally be deemed “clean”. By this, we mean there are no sexually explicit scenes, no graphically violent descriptions, and no streams of profanity. Many readers would be willing to take a chance on indie authors if they knew they weren’t going to have to scour their retina after the read.
She goes on to explain,
Does that mean everything on this site is squeaky-clean Disney Princess pure? Well, no. But any books that contain scenes, language or subject matter that might be rated PG-13 will include a disclaimer and explain what that content might be. If you don’t see anything listed to that effect, you can be sure it’s G or PG.
Clean certainly means different things to different people, but this site has something for everyone. There are books you can read with your kids, books you can feel comfortable letting your kids read on their own, and books adults can enjoy too! Some of my books are even listed on there so it must be great, right? Here’s just a few of the other authors and books you can find: Elise Stokes, Michelle Isenhoff, Timothy Davis, Annette Mackey, Gloria Repp, and K.M. Weiland. You can find the full list here.
What are your feelings about what makes a “clean” read? What makes you uncomfortable when reading yourself or what your kids read? Is it sex, violence, language, or some combination of everything? I’d love to hear what you think!