Let’s Talk Bookish – Triggers.

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

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Prompts: Everyone has different reactions to triggers; what is yours?

Hmmm, is it shockingly bad that in terms of content I’ve yet to read something that has genuinely triggered me? I’m actually a huge fan of dark romance and dark erotica, in fact it’s much more likely that I will be moaning that a book wasn’t dark enough for me – or wasn’t even dark at all. Dub-con, non-con, torture, violence, mayhem and murder as a rule doesn’t bother me.

The terrible triggering truth is that I am much more likely to be set in a tizzy by bad writing, a TSTL character, decisions that defy all logic or an author mistaking arrogance in a hero for ‘alpha-ness’ and have rarely taken issue with dark content in a book. Those occasions when I have are generally more to do with the content feeling as though it has been included purely for its shock value, with the author seemingly on a quest to include as many vile and depraved events as they possibly can, in place of an actual plot or any character development.

I do firmly believe that trigger warnings are a must on books, I really don’t understand authors and readers who eschew this idea. For those who do have triggers, unexpectedly coming across distressing or upsetting content can hugely impact their mental health.

If you get triggered without previously knowing there would be a trigger, do you still care to finish the book? Does it affect your eventual rating/review?

So now we’ve established that my triggers are more to do with the book’s plot or characters annoying me, I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to know that I most definitely do NOT finish the book. Or that it does affect my rating and review. Anything that affects your enjoyment of a book surely affects your rating and/or review, I know it does for me!

Have you ever read a book knowing that something within it would trigger you?

Can I just ask why? Why would you deliberately read a book that you KNOW will upset/bother/trigger you? Do not be that idiot who, after ignoring the clearly labelled trigger warnings, leaves a low/negative review for a book because of not liking that very content. Please for the love of all things bookish do not, I beg you just don’t, criticise a book for being dub-con, non-con, violent, whatever, when that content has been very clearly warned about in the synopsis or intro for the book.

OK, I’m stepping off my soap box now.

7 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Triggers.

  1. I’m not afraid of dark books (horror, etc.), but I don’t want to read about characters having sex (I don’t even like romance LOL). As for real triggers, I’m much more likely to experience them with regards to visual media – for instance, I hate the sight of bugs/creepy crawlers. I love Supernatural, but I refused to watch the episode called “Bugs” and I don’t plan on changing my mind anytime soon. That being said, I can tolerate bugs and the likes in books, if they’re well written.

    “I do firmly believe that trigger warnings are a must on books, I really don’t understand authors and readers who eschew this idea.”

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  2. I’m pretty much the same. I don’t really have triggers though I have noticed that my fear of snakes is so bad that it does extend through reading fictional accounts that have evil snakes that attack people. I don’t think there is a trigger warning for that. 😂. And, bad writing is the worst!

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    1. I’m not fond of spiders but luckily I’ve not encountered them in books too often – though I did skim through Aragog’s scenes in the Harry Potter books!

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  3. Triggers implies to me something that will cause emotional distress, usually due to life experience. I don’t usually pay attention to content warnings because I don’t have any “triggers” of emotional distress. That said, there are things/genres/themes I don’t care to read – not because of “triggers” but because I don’t find it entertaining. I usually look for that in book blurbs.

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    1. In some ways trigger warnings are difficult to do, content descriptors/warnings are definitely a must though. I know you can stop reading but by then the content has sent you back to that bad time.

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