I made a post about this on the Indie Book Network, but I know some of you don’t troll the forums all too often, so I figured I’d make a blog about it to see what the general consensus is.
Trigger Warnings – Yes or No?
I typically put trigger warnings on my books, just because they contain sex, violence, strong language… usually a combination of all of those. For the most part, it’s just a cover-my-ass move so I don’t end up traumatizing somebody and suffering the wrath of a viral rage mob. And truthfully, I want people to have a fun experience while reading my work… if it’s going to upset them, I’d rather they not read it.
So, I have the warning, but I also leave it vague.
I’m conflicted, though. As a lifelong reader, I’ve always loved the mystery of opening a book and being unaware of what kinds of twists and turns that the story may take. Trigger warnings are a new thing, and in some ways I think they’re spoilers. Especially the more specific ones. You know, stuff like:
***TRIGGER WARNING – Sexual situations, cheating, characters die, no HEA, the main character stubs her toe***
Okay, that’s a bit extreme but it sure feels like it’s heading in that direction. For me, it’s the same as if a book is advertised as an HEA. If you already know that the leads live happily ever after, where is the suspense? Doesn’t it kind of make the rest of the book feel like filler?
Sure, I’ll continue with my trigger warnings because it’s now kind of expected in the indie publishing world… but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it. lol
Anyway, what are your thoughts? Are these warnings a good trend?