Are There Subjects That You Can’t Read About?
One of my favorite young adult authors is Ellen Hopkins. I love her writing style. I love the difficult topics she tackles in her novels. Her books are some of my all-time YA favorites. But, she has this book called Crank, and . . . I can’t read it. A lot of people have told me that Crank is Ellen Hopkins’s best book, but I can’t do it. The synopsis alone makes me feel like I’m going to throw up.
Crank tells the story of a teenage girl who becomes addicted to meth. That’s all I know about it. I’ve never bothered to find out more because drug addiction is a topic that I can’t read about. Casual drug use in books has never bothered me, but once the drug use becomes an addiction, I completely lose interest in the book. I just don’t want to read it anymore.
Does anyone else have a subject that you can’t read about?
I’ve never been a drug addict myself, but I have known quite a few of them. Heroin and meth addictions were very common at my high school. A lot of my friends became addicts. For me, stories about addiction feel way too realistic. Reading them makes me stressed out, sick, and really, really angry. It’s weird. Reading about addiction kills the sense of escapism that I get from books. I don’t want to read something if I’m not getting any enjoyment out of it.
Even though I don’t like addiction books, a sadistic part of my brain wonders what would happen if I read Crank. If I forced myself to read it, would I get over my dislike of the subject?
Another part of my brain wonders how big of a deal it is to dislike certain subjects. There are millions of books out there about topics that interest me. I have plenty of reading material to keep me happy. I’m probably not missing much by avoiding books about topics I don’t like.
What do you think? What do you do about the subjects you dislike? Do you avoid books about those subjects? Have you ever attempted to get over your dislike? How did it work for you?
I’m linking back to Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts At Midnight. They host the 2015 Discussion Challenge.