You know I hate trigger warnings in books.
I recently read a book- “The Discomfort of Evening.”Read it for book club- won the international Booker…blah blah blah…
First off- I hated it.
Secondly- I hated it.
Thirdly- it had so many topics that could be trigger warnings even I cringed as I read the pages. I wanted to cover my eyes, which I realize defeats the purpose of reading and all, but that’s how crazed I got by the content.
Now I say all this, and I still don’t think that books should have trigger warnings.
Should books that abound with questionable topics be eligible for prizes and awards?
Here’s my thought process on this: If books with questionable subject matter keep getting nominated and winning, does that mean that feel good books no longer have a place in the higher literary echelon? How much boundary pushing do we really need to do? Will the only books deemed worthy be so depressing that the average person no longer reads them?
Can we maybe have a people’s choice award for books?
Can I give my personal stamp of approval onto what books are good?
When we give awards…what exactly are we rewarding?
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