When critic Christopher Bantick took aim at the inclusion of Gabriel García Márquez’s classic Love in the Time of Cholera on the VCE syllabus, it was easy enough to laugh off as the opinion of a senior literature teacher demonstrating why they should perhaps retire. But with the news on Friday that the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority has decided to review its decision to include the novel on the curriculum, the issue becomes more serious.

Bantick’s piece was provocatively titled "S-x with a child is not the stuff of the school curriculum", and radio 3AW followed it up with its own rousing effort: "Book with P-edophilia, Incest & Suicide on VCE Reading List".