Hello and happy Monday!
In case anyone needs a reminder or is new to the Bookmark Chronicles, here are the rules: Every Monday I will post a This or That Challenge where we will choose between two characters or scenarios. On Friday we will see which scenario/character wins. Feel free to either comment your choice below or make your own post and link it back here!
By no means do you have to feel obligated to do every single challenge, but I would love to hear all of your opinions! If you can only really talk about one scenario then go for it. Also, if you have any suggestions or would like to write a guest post about any of the This or That? topics let me know!
So this week’s topic is something that has been creating a bit of buzz lately.
Do you think that some books should have trigger warnings?
Aside from yes or no I will allow a third option in which you can say that you are on the fence or unsure about it only if you provide a reasonable explanation.
Some people have said that they don’t think that books should have trigger warning because they think it’s censorship or that it would spoil the book.
Quite frankly, the censorship argument is crap. A trigger warning doesn’t prevent you from saying whatever you want to say, it protects the mental status of the reader and prevents them from being sent into a traumatic episode.
As far as spoilers go, I disagree with that as well. For books that focus around s sensitive topic, it should say that in the description. For example, books like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, those books have to include the topic and I think that suffices as a trigger warning because it’sin the book description.
However, for books like The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky, it is possible to be blind-sighted by some of the events that take place. For books like those I think that something should be said. Something simple like TV and movie warnings that says something along the lines of “This book contains some sensitive subject matter and readers should proceed with caution.” Just like before some TV episodes it says “Viewer discretion is advised.”
There’s an article going around that’s titled, “Life doesn’t come with trigger warnings, why should books?” No, life doesn’t come with trigger warnings. However, people read for enjoyment and no one has ever asked to be a victim of violence or abuse of any kind so that comparison is absolute bullshit. With that said, if someone has had a traumatic experience and they are reading a book and suddenly what they’re reading is making them relive that trauma, it’s an issue.
I guess, overall I do think that some sort of vague warning should be included in certain books for the sake of the reader.
What do you think? Have you thought about this topic or is it new to you? Let me know!