A recent blog from Karen Heenan-Davies over on Booker Talk gave rise to many comments. It seems that someone has proposed that readers should be protected from ‘triggers’ that upset them by reminding them of some disturbing event in their past.
This protection is to be achieved via a series of ‘traffic light’ warning symbols, like the health warnings and allergy advice on food products. Like the vast majority of those comenting on Karen’s blog I hope this never comes to pass.
In my comment I cited the many books about world war II that came out in the 1950s. Were readers of those books traumatise by reminders of the hell they lived through a decade earlier?
To me the whole idea is evidence that modern generations: millenials, genZ or whatever you call them are over protected. What do you think?
Read Karen’s post, and the comments, here.