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Exposure to Reality

Hey, it’s me, E. Here to tell you my thoughts.

So I just finished Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood and it touched on so many things that are wrong in our day and age – especially in our generation. Topics such as drug/alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, fat-shaming, cyber-bullying, LGBTQ relationships, feminism and stereotypes were mentioned without hesitation and without fabrication. Why aren’t more novels like that? Why aren’t more authors exposing the reality of our world?

Silver Inky Title The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was bashed online recently – comments sections are harsh dudes – because it directly talks about police shootings in America. Imagine talking about something relevant to our day and age, things that NEED to be spoken about.

What do you think? Should YA novels avoid the real stuff so that we aren’t exposed to it as much as children or should they focus heavily on what’s really going on in our society?




I think they should absolutley tackle real issues. Today I read Dear Martin which also is about police shootings and racial profiling, and it made me so angry and shocked. I’d heard about these things on social media and news, but always from a news article format. Reading about it through the victim’s perspective, and by an author of colour, was completly different and gave me a much needed awakening to these issues. I think that because we will soon be the people dealing with these issues, whether it’s personally, through people we know, or as adults in careers like politicts and police force, we need to be properly educated these issues from all people’s views, not just our own or netural news article’s.

17th Jun, 18

Completely agree! That may have been the most eloquent comment on this issue I have ever seen. Having that personal perspective really opened my eyes to what was really happening. Showing the situation from a victims point of views really depicts that they aren't just another statistic, but real life people who have suffered. Might need to get my hands on Dear Martin, sounds like a good read!

18th Jun, 18

In reply to eriinfisher

Thanks, yeah I think unfortunatly there’s so much news coverage on these things (not really enough actually but a substantial amount more than there once was), we get desensitised to the large statistics and endless lists of names. Reading from someone’s direct perspective leaves no choice but to empathize and understand. This was definitely the case in Dear Martin you should absolutely read it if you’re interested in these issues, I learnt a lot from it.

18th Jun, 18

F R I C K the haters.Issues like this need to be brought up openly and somewhat easily, not hidden. The internet is full of haters. I should know...

25th Jun, 18

I think that books should expose readers to reality. It makes them more empathetic and understand the nature of our society I suppose. At the same time I think it's the authors job to do that correctly and to direct the reader in the story and the way the reader reacts afterwards to the writing. If you want to write about reality you should do that very carefully and you need to be very considerate too.

22nd Mar, 19