Some people really support the idea of book containing content warning. What do you think? Are content warnings, especially for material containing possible triggers, a good idea or do they give away too much vital information? Are trigger warnings just another form of spoilers?
This is a topic I could go either way on. Sometimes I want to know if a book deals with rape or abuse or something awful because if that isn’t something I can deal with at the time, I won’t want to read that book. However, certain books use that as the bombshell news, so stating that in the content warning does soften the surprise. I suppose general content warnings could be vague enough and just say language, sexual situations, etc, and then you won’t really know what specifically is happening in the book. Typically based on the genre you could figure out some of the possible triggers though (I mean, most NA romances contain language and sexual situations) so part of that is a given and isn’t a spoiler in the least.
I really do not want trigger warnings in books because I think that takes away the poignancy of a book. I mean, I read mostly contemporary lit so it is like real life, and in real life, we do not get warnings on the bad stuff that is about to take place in our lives. If I know what all a book contains going into it, then I am looking for it, and I think that takes away from the book. However, I CAN understand why some people might want trigger warnings. I am fortunate enough not to really have any triggers that I wish to avoid reading. I do have triggers in movies… for instance I like scary movies and I love suspense. However, I HATE suspenseful gore. War gore I can tolerate. Accident gore, I can do. Suspense gore, especially if it is as a form of torture, I CANNOT handle at ALL! I could NEVER watch any of the Saw movies for this reason. In books, I do not have this problem for some reason. I am not sure why. I am curious about what everyone else thinks on this. Should books contain trigger warnings??? I think a possible solution would be placing something scan-able on the book’s cover so that people who wish to know possible triggers or want to know the rating of a book (much like a movie’s rating of PG-13 or R) then the information is available while those who do not care to know are not forcefully informed. What do you all think?