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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Books and writing are wonderful things to enjoy and talk about. Different episodes feature themes like activisim, feminism, dystopian worlds, etc.
Positive Role Models
A diverse range of authors, including many female authors. The influencers are also very diverse, with varied reading interests.
Violence & Scariness
References to violent events, ranging from racist acts to deaths and suicides. The cruelty of some characters in books are also briefly discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some episodes contain mature sexual discussions, including references to sex acts.
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"Hell" and "damn," but stronger curses (like “f--k”) are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The authors’ books are prominently displayed and discussed. While this is not done in a marketing context, it does promote the books that they’ve written.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to drinking and getting high on drugs are made in some episodes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that BookTube is a YouTube Original series featuring book vloggers who host popular authors in book club-style conversations. Each episode features a discussion of the author's book, and addresses topics ranging from racism and gender inequities to environmental issues and corruption. The language is mostly clean (curses are bleeped), but some installments contain some sexual discussions, and references to drinking. The authors' books are prominently displayed as well. The overall series is inspired by the YouTube BookTube community, which celebrates and discusses reading and books.
Is It Any Good?
This insightful series, the name of which comes from the growing vlogging community of book lovers on YouTube, features influencers talking to authors about what inspires them, and how they approach their literary work. From book club-style casual conversations and one-on-one interviews, to fun lightning rounds of question and answer sessions, viewers get the chance to learn more about the authors and their work.
It's interesting, but each of the installments, which are vary between 11-25 minutes in length, are so short and edited that they don't allow for truly in-depth conversations. As a result, each episode leaves you wanting more. But the fact that BookTube is inspired by a young generation of writers and readers is encouraging. If you love reading and writing, it's worth tuning into.
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