This or That? #54 (Conclusion)

Hi all. This week we talked about whether some books should have trigger warnings. 53% said yes, 14% said no, and 33% said they were unsure.

To be totally honest I’m extremely disappointed in the people who said no because their reasoning was “don’t read things that will trigger you.” It’s not that easy when you know that the book is about one thing and then surprise there’s a detailed domestic violence or sexual assault scene. So if you said no for a reason like that, check your privilege.

Also, it was brought up that almost anything can be a trigger. That’s 100% true however, I’m talking about graphic scenes that are totally unexpected. I will forever stand by my opinion of Perks of Being a Wallflower: it’s not a happy story to me, no matter how you spin it.

If you think that trigger warnings are censorship or spoil the plot, please refer to my original post this week to see why that isn’t true.

Thank you Samantha @ Surrounded by Books  and Lauren @ Lolsy’s Library for participating the week. Check out both of their posts and see that they had to say.

That’s all for now. Back again on Monday!

~Rae

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Hi! I'm Rae. 23. Avid Reader, Book Blogger. Intersectional Feminist. Gryffindor.
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8 Responses to This or That? #54 (Conclusion)

  1. Idontwearahat. says:

    I’m glad you mentioned Perks Of Being a Wallflower because, for me, that book is fine until the middle and then it becomes really triggering. An interesting question, as many books can contain various themes which can’t all be included in the blurb etc.

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  2. Ariel Lynn says:

    “Their reasoning was ‘don’t read things that will trigger you.'” Seriously? Eff those people. Normally, I’d try to be nice, but I think that is so selfish & callous that I can’t contain myself.

    We discussed several ways in the comment section how authors/publishers could include trigger warnings without affecting the reading experience for everyone. If the warnings wouldn’t affect the reading for the “no” voters, their stubbornness is pointless. It won’t hurt their enjoyment of the books, but it might help other people – so they’re only saying “no” because it doesn’t help them personally.

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    • Exactly! I couldn’t agree more and I was fuming (people said it on Facebook, not here) but I was seriously just like, the whole point is that it may not be in the description, its not that simple to just “not read it”

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      • Ariel Lynn says:

        It doesn’t matter where they said it. It’s still the same b.s. on whatever media it’s posted through.

        Book descriptions are supposed to be vague & they’re not supposed to contain any spoilers. Could they pick up a book & know every event that happens by reading the description? Every interaction between the characters? NO.</strong.

        The fact that they don't care about other people, even if it doesn't inconvenience them in the slightest, makes me so freakin' mad.

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      • Ariel Lynn says:

        Oops. Anger messed up my html.

        That’s my story & I’m sticking to it! LOL

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  3. Marquessa says:

    I knew nothing about trigger warnings before reading you and Carla so I thank you for that awareness. My dilemma now is figuring out how to use them properly for some of my fiction blog posts…

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