This is an ugly, ugly book. Let me state plainly that I am not a racist, homophobe, anti-semite, misogynist or any other heinous hater-of-social-demographics. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t have to say this – everyone would realise that this is a work of fiction and that the opinions contained herein are the opinions of a fictitious character. But it’s not a perfect world. Even in writing this little box, I will get my point across only to those who bother to read it. Somewhere, someone will pick up this book and think “that Justin Achilli’s a real son of a bitch”. And it won’t be true, but he or she won’t know it. Please don’t be that person.
In closing, this book presents some very unpleasant viewpoints. They’re not my own, but they are very real things, present in our world, and downright rampant in the World of Darkness. They’re here for you to inspect and learn from; it is only by confronting these atrocities that we can hope to rise above them.
— Justin Achilli (1998)
To be a liberal means to believe that tolerance is good and global warming is bad, but also to believe that you can save the world simply by not using the word “poof”. S/he may have good intentions, but doesn’t seem to appreciate that all the things s/he considers to be civilised – democracy, universal suffrage, the right to exist without having the shit kicked out of you for having long hair or skin that’s a bit on the dark side – were achieved through the effort of rather more pro-active people, who fought and occasionally died in order to create a less appalling version of humanity. To be a liberal means to shield yourself from the full horror of your society, to have a veneer of civic responsibility while still approving of a system that’s wholly founded on exploitation.
— Lawrence Miles (2009)
I think living in the real world involves whinging at people about things they can change, at least if they actually put some thought into it, which doesn’t seem to be the premise of Blue Rose. The premise of Blue Rose is more like “We all wished that hate and fear and prejudice would just go away and leave us in a magically protected miracle land which for some reason still has an inherited monarchy because there’s nothing innately divisive, unfair or socially damaging about an institutionalised class system.”
— me (2012)
Join the dots.