Where I live the whole publishing business has become really coward recently, and if you've written a manuscript that is just a little bit unconventional as in values, themes, opinions, political standing of the characters etc, you might encounter serious difficulties to get it published my either a traditional publisher or even small press. All in the name of political correctness. In fact we're so politically correct that the books that are actually published seem to want to make it appear like there are no other opinions or values or if there are, it's always something negative and the people in the books that represent them are always the bad guys. I have a friend who's written this amazing ms where one of the characters belong to a certain political party, and even though the books is not about politics at all he is under the impression that no one will want to publish it because it will seem like the book is communicating racist beliefs (which it is absolutely not). And this is not the first time the same person has worried that his manuscripts will be turned down by publishers because they're not as politically correct as the ones they do publish. So is this something global or is it just my part of the world where freedom of opinion doesn't really exist in literature? Have you experienced that there are things you can't write about if you want to get published? In other words, what are the taboo's for writers in different parts of the world? I'm particularly interested in how the situation is in the US but also UK and the rest of Europe.