Discussion Post: Trigger Warnings

If you’re no stranger to the book community you know that about a month ago, an author made a grandiose claim that there is no need for trigger warnings for books. In fact check out the tweet thread down below.

Now what is interesting is that in April, I had planned on reading her book I Am Not Your Mexican Daughter. A book that I won in a giveaway mind you, and decided to put it off because I wanted to sit and mull over her statement regarding the topic. I also wanted to read and listen to some of the feedback given by other members of the community.

I have since decided to add I Am Not Your Mexican Daughter to my June TBR. However, I want to share my thoughts on her statements.

I will be the first to admit that I do not offer trigger warnings enough in my reviews. And in light of recent events, I now think it is very important that I consciously make an effort to include them from now on.

Why? Because although virtually any and everything in life can trigger any sort of response whether it be good or bad, it is important to let your audience and readership know, especially when writing books that involve heavy hitting topics, what he/she/they/them are about to enter into. 

Why part two? Simply put, out of common courtesy for your fellow people. Trigger warnings are the first interaction you have with a book before deciding to dive in. It allows you to choose what content you would like to explore beforehand. It also allows you to prepare to witness something that you may or may not have experienced firsthand. 

Trauma is traumatic. Yes? And although it is important that we reveal this trauma in literature, it is also just as important to warn your readers of said trauma prior to. 

In a nutshell, I completely disagree with Erika L. Sanchez’s tweets. 

What about you? Do you think trigger warnings are a must for authors and reviewers? Let me know in the comments down below!

This discussion post was first posted on http://eattravelread.com