P.C Cast has also done this in the past with snarking on Laurell K Hamilton and her Anita Blake series which was pretty unprofessional to do. It’s one thing to NOT refer to name and author while parodying or mocking a character, but it’s totally another to blatantly do so in a book that is published. There are other authors who have reacted similarly like Victoria Laurie who named and killed off an undesirable and unattractive character after a person disagreed with her. Another is Michael Crichton who named a character, who was a paedophile in his book, after a critic who trashed his book. I find this really petty, childish, and arrogant to get personal when authors incorporate their personal disagreements in their books. It is fine to vent privately with friends or family or do a blog post, but to add it in a book just makes you no better than the detractor who attacks you.
This author basically did a HULK SMASH on the issue of disability which is complex and a very sensitive issue for a lot of people. And I find it that it is pretty ironic that P.C Cast as a writer couldn’t make her point more eloquently in her book to a young audience that could have opened a real discourse on that term.
I find the issue with disability discrimination a hidden one. Unlike racism or sexism which is more overt and has a bigger profile, disability issues is ignored and even derided and it’s treated not as a serious issue. I find this infuriating. I think P.C Cast has totally missed the point and sees this view as an avenue of free speech and anti-censorship. But practising free speech has consequences. If you are going to insult or use weighted terms so cavalierly and with no real thought, then expect to have a reaction against that.