Trigger Warnings

What the hell are trigger warnings???

Cage Dunn: Fibber, Fabricator, Teller-of-tall-tales

A discussion on a previous post has raised the flag again. This flag is a question:

Should novels/fiction have trigger warnings to indicate the potential risk to the reader?

I’ve seen it discussed in reading groups, in social settings, in the library, but I don’t understand a couple of things about the need or desire to put trigger warnings on stories.

One of those is the use of genre to indicate the most likely reader for the story. If I see a book with zombie as part of the genre, I don’t open it. I don’t like zombie stories. Or vampire stories. Or historical stories (except the adventure ones). Never have. I like ghost stories, though there are some paranormal ghosties that go too far, so I might read the blurb and the first few pages to see if it’s going to meet my need for a fix (that will…

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