Let’s Chat: Trigger Warnings and Why I Hate Them

According to an online dictionary, a “Trigger Warning” is defined as: A Statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc. alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material (often used to introduce a description of such content)

Thankfully I don’t have any topics that are a true “trigger” for me. There are definitely topics that I REALLY, REALLY don’t like reading about…child abuse, child abduction, animal abuse, death of a parent, death of a child, death of a spouse, terminal illness, etc.

I can see how people would most definitely appreciate a warning before they willingly expose themselves to reading something potentially triggering. I would imagine this would especially ring true if they can make those connections in their own life which might make the book feel exceptionally “real”. I completely understand how people could feel like that! However I….

actually really hate trigger warnings.

If you have been a reader of mine for any length of time you know my absolute DETEST for spoilers and often I find trigger warnings to be huge spoilers for me! For example…let’s take the book that I am currently reading:

This is the very first page of the book:

So now I’m reading this book knowing that at any moment someone is about to get sexually assaulted. It has taken my focus away from other story lines and has turned each character into a potential assaulter. Every time a new character is introduced, I immediately wonder if he/she will eventually turn into a rapist! I wish I knew nothing about this part of the book before reading.

My favorite tv show EVER actually had a trigger warning at the very beginning of the episode last week. I found this so strange because if you watch Shameless, you know that EVERY episode contains MULTIPLE potential triggers! I wonder why last week was the first time viewers were “warned”…???

Looking back, I’m wondering if Tampa by Alissa Nutting has any trigger warnings listed at the beginning? That book was HANDS DOWN the most disturbing book I have ever read and although I wouldn’t have wanted to read the triggers ahead of time, I can absolutely see how others would. You can read the synopsis and my review of that vile book HERE.

I feel fortunate that I don’t have any true “triggers”. That said, I can fully appreciate that other people do. What could constitute a “spoiler” for me could be so much more for someone with a true “trigger” and even just reading about a triggering event could be catastrophic for them.

I wish there was a way where people who appreciate trigger warnings could be privy to them and those people who don’t want to know ahead of time…wouldn’t have to??

This is exactly why I never include trigger warnings on any of my reviews (except for Parachutes….it’s literally written on the very first page of the book). I respect other reviewers/bloggers who choose to include these trigger warnings in their reviews but I personally dislike reading reviews which include them if I haven’t yet read the book.

I know my thoughts on this most definitely have the potential to be highly unpopular and that’s totally ok! I’d love to hear your (respectful) thoughts on both sides of this.

Do you appreciate trigger warnings or would you rather read the book (or watch the movie/tv show, etc.) without them? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Friday! I hope your weekend is filled with love and BOOKS!

Xo,

Jenny

Other Book Coffee Happy “Let’s Chat” posts:

Let’s Chat: Tablet Vs Book Vs Audiobook?

Let’s Chat: When Your Opinion Is The Unpopular One

Let’s Chat: I’m A Monster. Anyone Else?

Let’s Chat: Read the Book First or Watch the Movie First?

Let’s Chat: Spoilers. Love Knowing or Better Blind?

Let’s Chat: Is Reading a Social Hobby?

Let’s Chat: Book Clubs…Yay or Nay?

Let’s Chat: How Long Until You Officially Abandon A Book?

Let’s Chat: Do You Read the Book Synopsis Before You Read the Book?

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Book Coffee Happy’s 11 Most Viewed Blog Posts of All Time

Looking at my analytics, I always find it so interesting to see which of Book Coffee Happy’s posts rank with the highest blog views.

I started writing my book blog 2.5 years ago and it is hands down one of my most favorite hobbies that I’ve ever had! It has given me such a creative outlet, so many fun opportunities, and has introduced me to some amazing people. Thank you so much for reading!

Truth.

Many of you have started reading my blog over the past 2.5 years and therefore may have missed some of my most popular posts. I have written 267 posts! Here are Book Coffee Happy’s 11 most viewed posts of all time starting with #11 and ending with the #1! Enjoy 🙂

Book Coffee Happy’s 11 Most Viewed Blog Posts of All Time

#11: **DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK** Book Review: Tampa {Alissa Nutting}

Not a surprise. That book is VILE.

#10: Spring Break 2019 Book Recommendations

I still stand by ever single one of those book recommendations!

#9: Walt Disney World Vacation Tips and Tricks {VLOG}

Awww I LOVED our trip to Disney and I loved making that video of my best Disney tips and tricks!

#8: I was Wrong. So Very Wrong. This Book is AMAZING.

Read that book. Today.

#7: The 12 Best Books I Read in 2020

2020 was such a weird year but I did read some amazing books!

#6: My Top Book Recommendations

YES. Love every single book on that list.

#5: One of the Best Books I’ve Ever Read

I still think about that book often.

#4: Book Review: The Housekeeper {Natalie Barelli}

Ok, I’ll be honest. I have no idea why that post receives the traffic that it does but for some reason it gets viewed pretty much every single day from all around the globe…???

#3: Book Review (Unpopular Opinion): Then She Was Gone {Lisa Jewell}

So many people love that book. I did not.

#2: I was Stuck on a Mountain in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

It makes me happy that so many of you read that post! I had such fun writing it. What a CRAZY experience we had up on that mountain…

And The #1 Most Viewed Blog Post of all time on Book Coffee Happy…

#1: Why I Stopped Reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo…But You Shouldn’t!

That post is literally viewed EVERY SINGLE DAY by readers all around the world, has thousands and thousands of views, and brings more traffic to my site than any post I have ever written. You should definitely read that book…even though I couldn’t even make it through the entire thing, lol. That post explains all of that and apparently has people are quite curious.

Which of these posts did you enjoy the most? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Xo,

Jenny

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*”Like” my Facebook page (and please comment on, “like”, and share my posts)*

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