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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances | Neil Gaiman
From one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved storytellers of our time comes a major new collection of stories and verse "We each have our little triggers . . . things that wait for us in the dark corridors of our lives." So says Neil Gaiman in his introduction to Trigger Warning, a remarkable compendium of twenty-five stories and poems that explore the transformative power of imagination.In "Adventure Story"a thematic companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel The Ocean at the End of the LaneGaiman ponders death and the ways in which people take their stories with them when they die. "A Calendar of Tales" is comprised of short pieces about the months of the yearstories of pirates and March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother's Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale "The Case of Death and Honey." Also included is "Nothing O'Clock," a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the beloved series in 2013, as well as the never-before-published "Black Dog," a haunting new tale that revisits the world of American Gods as Shadow Moon stops in at a village pub on his way back to America.Gaiman, a sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, entrances with his literary alchemy and transports us deep into an undiscovered country where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday is incandescent. Replete with wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of literary delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul.
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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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I can't believe it's the 19th already!
My goal was to read 35Hours for #JumpStart2020 #Readathon but somehow I made it to 43Hours and I'm quite pleased with myself.

6 completions (3 comics, 2 Novels, 1 Audio)and
3 books in progress...😁 which I wil most definitely finished before the end of January.

Thanks @Lizpixie and @Clwojick this was a brilliant idea to kick off the new year!

Lizpixie You‘re so welcome. That was an unbelievable result, well done you!🎉🎉🎉 12h
Panic70 Looks like some amazing books already this year. Looking forward to seeing what you have planned for the rest of the month. 7h
Clwojick Way to go! You did fantastic! 🙌🏻💥🔥 3h
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madamereadsalot1
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3rd #AuthorAMonth book finished! I have read the first half of this book twice, & now 3 times. Yet I've never managed to finish it. This time though, I started it & went all the way to the end! I'm really glad I did too b/c while some of those stories I had read independent of this collection, others I hadn't, like Black Dog. I loved it, no surprise. And b/c I adore Shadow Moon, it inspired me to reread American Gods again!

@Soubhiville

vivastory I think I need this in my life 2mo
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory it's so good! Some of the stories I'm attached to b/c I got to hear him read various ones from this book live. Once in Austin, and again on Houston. But despite that, it's a good, varied collection. You should definitely add it to your TBR, if for no other reason than the Dr. Who story and the American Gods one! 2mo
vivastory Did you vote on the site for your favorite Gaiman stories for the selected collection that will be published? 2mo
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madamereadsalot1 @vivastory 😳 I did not. 2mo
vivastory Ah, sorry to hear that. If you had, what would you have voted for? (I think it was top 3) 2mo
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot, A Calendar of Tales, and The Wedding Present. But also Snow, Glass, Apple.🤔 Oh and Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire, and of course Black Dog too. It's really hard to pick just 3. 😅 2mo
vivastory It really is 😄 2mo
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory what would be yours? 2mo
vivastory How the Marquis Got His Coat Back, Study in Emerald, Fifteen Painted Cards from Vampire Tarot (so brilliant!) I noticed that it looks like there are not just one, but two, Gaiman story collections being published next year! 2mo
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory HOW did I forget How the Marquis got his Coat Back!?! That one was excellent! I saw that too, and a new comic book too I think? 2mo
vivastory I am a bit intrigued by the new Sandman comics, too 2mo
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory I think I've been too far out of the loop. I didn't even know. 😣 2mo
vivastory I don't think he writes any of them, & I was a bit sceptical, but I've heard they're good. Especially 2mo
Soubhiville Logged 📚 2mo
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Ericalambbrown
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Today‘s #chillingphotochallenge prompt is #horror. I immediately thought of the story Click-Clack the Rattle Bag in the tagged collection. Of course, Hank the Book Sniffer had to check out it‘s sniffiness while was taking the picture. 😂🐶

Here is a link to the delightful Mr Gaiman reading his creeptastic story at the NYPL: https://youtu.be/imLja6Emezo

#scarathon #teamstoker #hankthebulldog

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3mo
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All I can say is that the writing is so chilling in the most beautiful way. It often sounds like poetry.

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I've read several of Neil Gaiman's novels, but Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances is my first Gaiman short story collection. It's just as amazing as all of his novels--the structure just allows him to play, to move between genres and to cover the full span of possible moods. Here, he offers (with full introductions and context) an array of science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Some of my favorites were fairy tales that offer new perspectives on classics. Oh, and there's also poetry. I absolutely recommend Trigger Warning for Gaiman fans AND for those who haven't delved yet into his work. 4mo
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Deborah42
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While I didn‘t love every piece in this eclectic collection, there was enough weird and creepy deliciousness to keep me reading. And Gaiman narrates the audiobook, which is always a delight.

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I really have the best friends! Friends who come bearing gifts: the fab B&N special edition of Jane Eyre (one of my favorites!) and a collection of Neil Gaiman's short writing which I had never heard of before but looks delish.

Tanisha_A Oh that edition of Eyre! GORGEOUS. 😍 8mo
Kalalalatja Trigger Warning is really good 👌 8mo
ephemeralwaltz @Tanisha_A it is! 😍😍 8mo
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja oh that's great to hear! I'm looking forward to it. 8mo
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Booksnchill
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OK littens I found something epic from Oprah magazine. If you have been in a swap with me you‘ll know my one “trigger” is if the dog dies in a book. THERE IS A WEBSITE for that and all triggers for movies, books, tv etc! It is DoesTheDogDie.com Check it out and lighten upyour content! Whew, public service message from me and Whiskey- have a great sunday morning littens!🐾📚💖 #DogsOfLitsy

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh wow! This is going to change my life! Thank you SO much for sharing! Also - 👋 Whiskey!! 11mo
Booksnchill @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled i know right!! 🐾👏💖 11mo
jpmcwisemorgan Oh good to know. Also, don‘t watch the first John Wick movie. 11mo
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Booksnchill @jpmcwisemorgan yes- too late for me but I did relish the revenge 11mo
jpmcwisemorgan Oh no! But the revenge is awesome. 11mo
cathysaid Right? I can read blood and gore, watch commercials about all the starving children, and not be affected in the slightest. But if a character even raises his or her voice to an animal, I‘m all kinds of pissed off! I‘ve even been known to burst into tears if I‘m in another room and simply hear a Sarah McLachlan song coming from the TV. (edited) 11mo
JoScho It is a go to for me with any movie with a dog! 11mo
Booksnchill @cathysaid sarah has a lot to answer for- Truth👊 11mo
Booksnchill @JoScho you are stronger than me💪🤣 11mo
TheLibrarian I hate when any animal dies. My husband finds it funny I‘m ok with blood and gore (obsessed with horror movies) but anything with animal abuse or death and it ruins my day. 11mo
Booksnchill @TheLibrarian agreed👊👍 11mo
JoScho No I mean if it says the dog dies I can‘t and won‘t watch it! I can‘t handle it! 11mo
Maman929 I too have to change the channel as soon as I hear the first notes of Sarah McLachlan start to ring out. I can‘t even with movies about dogs. Even though it might have the happiest of endings, I know the trials and tribulations along the way will do me in. 11mo
Booksnchill @JoScho well that certainly makes more sense🤣🤣😘 11mo
Booksnchill @Maman929 so very true- I understand completely🐾💖 11mo
whatsthEStorey I discovered that website when I wanted to watch A Mountain Between Us, but it looked the dog might not make it. I cannot handle dogs dying either! Game changer!! (edited) 11mo
Booksnchill @whatsthEStorey absolutely!🐾❤️ 11mo
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Andrea4
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#speedreading #audiobook 😂
Cutting it close, guys!!!
Of course, I loved it, it's Gaiman!!!
And his introduction and explanation of how each story came to be may have actually been the best part!

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Andrea4
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#audiobook
Who loves being read to?🙋‍♀️
Who loves Gaiman reading to them? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️
Love his intro on this and the little stories behind the stories ❤💚💛🧡💜

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There are still things that profoundly upset me when I encounter them, whether it‘s on the Web or the word or in the world. They never get easier, never stop my heart from trip-trapping, never let me escape, this time, unscathed. But they teach me things, and they open my eyes, and if they hurt, they hurt in ways that make me think and grow and change.

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As someone who is feeling a bit suffocated in this world of trigger warnings snd safe spots, I found this quote to be refreshing and exciting. “Enter at your own risk” is exactly how I like to read.

scripturient Yes!!! 👍🏻👏🏻 13mo
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Jen2
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Wonderful!!

RamsFan1963 Loved this book!! Gaiman is one of the best short story writers ever. I honestly like his short fiction more than his novels. 13mo
BookBabe I‘ve been enjoying him lately. I‘m going to check this one out! 12mo
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Cmf365
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A wonderful read that can be picked up and put down and enjoyed time and time again. I am not usually a big fan of short stories, but I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan, so this one counts!

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1. Trigger Warning: Short Fictions & Disturbances
2. Harry Turtledove
3. Time Bandits
4. Tangerine

#manicmonday #letterT @joscho

JoScho 😊🖤 14mo
bookcollecter I need to see Time Bandits, yet. I'm a huge #TerryGilliam fan 14mo
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umbrellagirl As if I needed another reason to love him. 1y
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Rudis
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#31bookpics #spookybooks I‘m not much of a spooky reader - I am a wimp & I know it - but I loved these two books. Both had me going “nope nope nope” at different points. Seanan McGuire‘s short story (from book on the right) is easily my favourite of the bunch.

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#WitchyReads Day 20: Gaiman‘s poem “Witch Work” included in Trigger Warning seems perfect for today‘s #Salem prompt. Among all the stories, a few stood out for me such as The Thing About Cassandra which shows an alternate reality whereby the loves we invented as a teenager actually take a life of their own – what do you do if a person you invented during your adolescent years become “real” as you reach adulthood? My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-aK6

Linsy I liked this collection! 🖤 1y
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Squidapus
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Mehso-so

Squidapus feels like Gaiman as of late has been spinning his wheels; a lot of his stuff either feels like he's done it before or like he adheres too slavishly to the myths or sources he draws inspiration from. So this collection was very uneven. The best stories were either comedic or unique interpretations that strayed from their beginnings. There were quite a lot of clunkers or stories that just felt samey unfortunately. The intro was great tho

Sylvilel I‘ve been feeling the same, thanks for the warning👌🏻 1y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk *whispers* you speak the secret thoughts I dare not speak 14mo
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Squidapus
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For book club, Squidapus is gonna speed through Trigger Warning! The last short story and two books Squidapus read from Neil Gaiman felt kinda...old hat and same so hopefully this one has more variety and shows why he liked him so much to begin with.

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RadicalReader @Purrsistently some wonderful novels I highly recommend are: The Girl Before By JP Delaney, The One Jason Marrs and David Spade‘s Memoir Almost Interesting HIGHLY PREFERRED IN AUDIOBOOK FORMAT BECAUSE DAVID SPADE HIMSELF READS IT!! 1y
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tammysue Yes! 🤩 1y
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"I don't think there's a word for that, is there? Remembering things that haven't happened yet."
Let just call it "Deja-New"

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#QuotsyJune18 Day 19: One of my favourite Gaiman quotes about reading #paperback, second-hand titles, library books - it‘s a much longer quote which I had to cut short, to fit into the image. Still immensely powerful, though. Read, read, read.

sudi 📚❤ 2y
wanderinglynn ❤️ Gaiman 2y
Slajaunie I do love this quote! 💕 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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This short story collection rivals any of Stephen King‘s - ‘nuff said.
Favorites...
A Lunar Labyrinth
The Thing About Cassandra
“The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains...”
Orange
The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury
An Invocation of Incuriosity
“And Weep, Like Alexander”
Feminine Endings
In Relig Odhrain

Pick this up & keep it near for whenever you want a first-rate story in a few minutes.

asiriusreader Loved this collection! 2y
Sweettartlaura @asiriusreader It is superb!❤️ 2y
rohit-sawant Had such a blast reading this! 2y
Sweettartlaura @rohit-sawant me, too! 2y
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Which way is the truth?

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I love that I can read on my Kindle app while going to & fro an event ❤️📚

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LoverofLit
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Mehso-so

There were some really great short stories in this! The Thing About Cassandra was probably my favorite but the cameo appearance of an aging, old Sherlock along with The Doctor, and Shadow from American Gods were all welcome too. And Sleeper and the Spindle was amazing! But there were some pretty slow and yawn worthy stories mixed in here too. At least it was narrated by the man himself, as I adore listening to him. Overall a high rated So-So.

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Listened to the short story Jerusalem on my #audiodrive to work and 🤤🤤🤤 Holy moly! It gave me goosebumps. Gaiman is SUCH A great writer. I had no idea Jerusalem syndrome was even a thing!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had no idea either!! 2y
LoverofLit It was a really cool concept to listen to and learn about and there is a conversation between the guide and the husband telling the story in it that was just SO amazing and eye opening. I have been really impressed! 2y
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#audiomealprepping today. Turkey Taco Casserole, banana chocolate chip muffins, bbq chicken, hamburgers, boiled eggs, and hummus!

Daisey I did the same this weekend, and then had to clean the kitchen. 2y
sammisho I got so excited someone was using this hash tag and then I realized it was you! Lmao 2y
LoverofLit @Daisey Same here! I semi clean before starting and try to pick up as I go but inevitability, by the end there's another wipe and sweep that's gotta happen. 2y
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LoverofLit @sammisho Sorry to disappoint 😂😂 #sorrynotsorry 2y
sammisho @LoverofLit not even a little bit disappointed! 2y
LoverofLit @sammisho Just trying to help you start that hashtag trend! 😘😘 2y
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Two years ago my sister had an accident while bicycling in Spain. On the flights back home I did not want to be stuck thinking about her current state—she was in a coma—or whether she‘d be a vegetable for the rest of her life. I picked up my Kindle and the most recent book I had bought was Cris Cleave‘s Gold which is about cyclists. There is no trigger warning for that.

I ended up choosing a lesbian romance, Princess Affair. Safe, right? ⬇️

WanderingBookaneer In the book‘s climax the brother has a fall (just like my sister), a traumatic brain injury (just like my sister), and was in a coma. There was not a trigger warning for that. ⬇️ 2y
WanderingBookaneer This lead me to think that, while I understand the existence of trigger warnings, it is impossible to identify everything that can be a potential trigger. ⬇️ 2y
WanderingBookaneer Sorry for the rant, but I just read a book review that included a trigger warning for “dog dies of cancer.” 2y
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Soubhiville I agree that it‘s impossible to warn of every trauma in every book or movie. I actually had never heard of Trigger Warnings before Litsy. While there are some things in books that effect me deeply and can cause me to sob, I don‘t consider myself as having any TW. I understand them, and empathize with folks who need them, but I also feel like each individual needs to protect their own TW by doing their own research into what they read/watch ⬇️ 2y
Soubhiville And not rely on others to provide TW‘s. 2y
Soubhiville PS, I hope your sister recovered? 2y
tournevis Trigger warnings are a good idea, in principle. But as you say everything can be a trigger. I thinknit good that TW are stated for the big, most common stuff, such as abuse and rape. They are the most common by far. But the dog dies does not seem like a necessary TW. IMO. 2y
C.Perone Like @Soubhiville I never heard of trigger warnings before Litsy, either. Personally, I think they‘re ridiculous and useless since almost anything can be a trigger for almost anyone. Bad stuff happens, sad stuff happens, good stuff happens; isn‘t part of reading learning how others deal with this unpredictable thing called life? 2y
blithebuoyant This is a really touchy topic tbh but personally, since I don't need them personally, I don't tend to concern myself with them. Unless I'm in a group that requires them, in which case I'll use the appropriate ones. 2y
britt_brooke I think there‘s a fine line between identifying TW and just giving away spoilers. The dog dies of cancer, for instance. 2y
CouronneDhiver I think that, over time, people ought to be more keen to face up to hard issues. There are few places to do so that are safer than the pages of a fiction novel. 2y
kathedron I do appreciate TWs for sexual violence but in general I think they're over-used and that they sometimes smack of "warning: you might actually feel something". Life does not come with trigger warnings. I say this as someone with a history of anxiety and panic attacks, who is potentially triggered by the silliest things that I wouldn't expect other people to second-guess: dealing with that is my responsibility. 2y
LibrarianRyan To me a trigger warning is just another way of banning a book. It screams "don't read me" to specific people who feel they need that. I belong to another group where it is quite common and to me right now, it seems it is more applauded by the generation after mine. We have gone to all these lengths to protect our children from things that could hurt them or make them feel bad instead of teaching them how to deal with the concepts instead. ?? 2y
Lcsmcat Full disclosure- I don‘t have triggers. But I feel that over use of them could keep people from reading some really good books. 2y
LibrarianRyan I believe reading about things in books in a fictionalized way can help us deal with life better. Plus as mentioned many times above different people need different things, and they may not need the same things all the time. It may be a "triggering read" today but perfectly fine in a year. Personally I NEVER want to read about a dog dieing but sometimes you need to in order to uplifted by the rest of the story. (edited) 2y
DeborahSmall Totally agree with @River_Voice I suffered bad ptsd after almost bleeding to death while in labour because of a midwifes incompetence. So many things on tv would trigger flashbacks, like someone being rushed to theatre in a puddle of blood. But I stood my ground and it got easier, I could never imagine censoring what I read no matter how painful 2y
mrsmarch Is there another term we can use? I‘ve seen “content warning”/“CW” as well. Maybe “content preview”? Because if there is something you want to avoid, you should be able to. Cyclists, spiders, child abuse, religious figures.. and there should be no stigma for it because a reader prioritizes self-care. 2y
WhatDeeReads I need them. So I appreciate them when they‘re provided. I also recognize that we live in a society that prioritizes creative freedom and does not at all prioritize mental health. I don‘t ever expect them to be adapted widely. My book friends are awesome and usually provide them for me specifically. 2y
saresmoore @River_Voice Well put! My experience is eerily similar to yours. The world is a mine field, but, mercifully, I haven‘t succumbed to agoraphobia yet. 2y
QuietlyLaura I agree with @mrsmarch Well said! I find it very helpful when another person mentions a book has a trigger or content warning. 2y
mrsmarch @QuietlyLaura Solidarity! I don‘t want my mental health needs at any given junction to prevent someone else from reading or writing a book. To use the earlier example, “dog dies of cancer,” my dog died of cancer that crept in and overtook her in less than a week. But I could read about it in a book. I‘d be sad but that‘s ok. But if a book contains a teenage boyfriend stalking/controlling his girlfriend, that‘s a little too close to home. (edited) 2y
emilyhaldi @LibrarianRyan very well said. I tend to agree with you 👍🏻 2y
MarriedtoMrT Thank you @WhatDeeReads for commenting. As I read the thread, I was afraid the voices of those who need TW might be silenced. I do think “TW” has become something of a buzzy word and maybe has come to overreach it‘s original intent but I think those who need it really need it so we should try. 2y
JamieArc What @MarriedtoMrT said. Yes. 2y
BookishJess I believe trigger warnings should be used for their original purpose - a warning to those with a mental illness that something in the content may cause an onset of psychological symptoms (flashback, panic attack, etc). They have been inflated to now include anything that could make a person slightly uncomfortable which I don‘t agree with. TWs should be reserved to help and protect people with phobias, PTSD, and other psychological disorders. 2y
LikelyLibrarian I grew up in an abusive home, and I have my share of triggers. But reading books as a child gave me two things: a place to escape when the real world was too much to bare, & the knowledge that I was not alone, that there were other kids like me out there. Seeing them overcome their challenges gave me hope. As a teacher, I often share my experiences with my students because, from reading books filled with triggers, I know how valuable that can be. 2y
SoniaC I think TWs can be useful when it comes to things like rape and child abuse I don‘t feel they should be overused or used for every little thing. In my opinion books are meant to make us feel. 2y
MicheleinPhilly This is a great discussion with a lot of really great points raised on both sides. Like some, I feel the term has been sort of diluted to include anything that could potentially make someone uncomfortable. BUT I also know certain of my friends‘ triggers and will warn them accordingly. But I‘m able to do so because I know them and their experiences. I think it‘s impossible to suggest that we can identify everything that might be a trigger 👇🏼 2y
MicheleinPhilly Without knowing the specific reader. 2y
QuietlyLaura I've never asked anyone to identify trigger warnings in what they've read. I appreciate it when it's mentioned. A reader shouldn't be made to feel bad because they don't want to read about a certain topic. Everyone has their reasons and we should respect that. One day I may read a book about a daughter losing her father, but not today. I have plenty of feelings on that issue. I'm finding real help from appropriate places. Fiction is my escape. 2y
CindyMyLifeIsLit Well said, @River_Voice and @LibrarianRyan ! I completely agree. 2y
carrceli Yes. Only issue is sometimes it's not even the main topic! There you are strolling along with the protagonist completely immersed in your story and something happens to some bloke or gal on the street or pub and then your out it's ruined you just can't. There can't be warnings for every trigger :( 2y
ghosthost Trigger warnings are tools people can use to manage their mental health. They aren‘t perfect, but that doesn‘t mean they shouldn‘t exist. We don‘t expect other tools to work for everything. Do you have more than one size of spoon in your kitchen? How many screwdrivers do you have? There are people misusing trigger warnings as censorship tools or applying them too broadly or inappropriately. That‘s gross, but those are abuses not problems with TWs. 2y
WanderingBookaneer @Soubhiville : I empathize too. I understand people need them and the purpose they serve. I warn my friend who have lost parents with cancer there is a parent with cancer in a book—there is no official trigger for this so it is up to me to warn my friends. However, I am also aware of the catharsis one might feel from reading that someone else—be it real or fictional—has gone through what you have gone through and has found a way to deal. 2y
WanderingBookaneer @River_Voice , @saresmoore , @DeborahSmall : I agree that they are necessary for some people and appreciated by others (I know @BookishMarginalia becomes upset by graphic violence and warn her beforehand), but I guess my question is, where do you draw the line? How do you choose what is a trigger and what is not? 2y
WanderingBookaneer @LibrarianRyan , @Lcsmcat , and @emilyhaldi : That is my concern. I think trigger warnings cause individuals to impose a self-ban and it saddens me that some people may be missing out on a great literary experience. 2y
WanderingBookaneer @DeborahSmall : I am sorry for your traumatic experience and I am glad you are doing better with these visuals. You bring up another good point: If reviews about movies and TV shows don‘t carry trigger warnings, why do the ones about book do? 2y
WanderingBookaneer @mrsmarch and @QuietlyLaura : I do not want trigger warnings ti be stigmatized. I am just apprehensive about the minutiae that might be added to these warnings. You bring up spiders. I would hate for a reader to miss out on a book because of a sentence or two with a spider. And, like has been addressed by many in this post, friends can warn you about your phobia without spoiling it for the rest of us in a review. 2y
WanderingBookaneer @WhatDeeReads : I am sorry that you have gone through experiences that make trigger warnings necessary and I am glad your friends give you a heads up. @QuietlyLaura : Thank you for discussing your trigger in such an open way. I have questions for you: Have you ever knowingly read a book that has a situation that triggers you? If so, have you ever encountered one that you found helpful (I am thinking of nonfiction where a person shares coping⬇️ 2y
WanderingBookaneer mechanisms to live with the situation)? @MarriedtoMrT and @JamieArc , I am curious about your answers as well. 2y
WanderingBookaneer @BookishJess : I am not trying to be facetious, but how can every phobia and every PTSD-inducing event be taken into account? 2y
WanderingBookaneer @LikelyLibrarian : You‘ve helped answer some of my questions. Thank you! 2y
WanderingBookaneer @MicheleinPhilly : I do the same for my friends; particularly for situations that are more personal. 2y
WanderingBookaneer @ghosthost : You bring up an interesting point through your analogy. I am not saying that trigger warnings should not exist, I am just trying to point out that they are limited to specific experiences and may be limiting as the experience of reading about someone else going through what you went/are going through may be cathartic. 2y
ghosthost I know. 😀 It‘s hard to have discussions like this on social media. What I‘ve learned from people who need them is that it‘s more about deciding when they‘re equipped to deal with certain types of content or not being caught by surprise than it than it is about avoiding it entirely. 2y
WanderingBookaneer @ghosthost : That‘s why I love Litsy. Respectful discussions about difficult topics can take place. 2y
LikelyLibrarian @WanderingBookaneer It was a great discussion question 🙂🙃 2y
ghosthost Yes! I see a lot more nuanced discussions on Litsy. It gives me hope. 2y
DeborahSmall @WanderingBookaneer my mum had an awful childhood: brought up in children‘s homes until she was 16, suffering physical and sexual abuse along the way. I‘ve just read A Little Life, I‘d never recommend this book to my mum as it would too much for her. I‘d also never recommend anything with graphic violence although at times her reading choices surprise me I always find myself warning her when maybe I don‘t need to. 2y
MarriedtoMrT @ghosthost Agreed, to all of your comments! (edited) 2y
MarriedtoMrT I don‘t see them as self-censoring tools as much as giving people the option to make choices. I don‘t have triggers but I self-censor my reading all the time. As someone else brought up, I read for escape so I often make the choice to read something lighter. TWs can help people who have serious triggers to prepare. They may still choose to read the book but can possibly do so with more mental safety. 2y
QuietlyLaura @WanderingBookaneer Yes, I have knowingly read books containing my issues in them. It can be helpful to see how others cope in the situations. Nonfiction is better because there tends to be facts and proven methods to help in dealing with issues. Right now I'm slowly reading a nonfiction book called Experiencing Grief that is hard but helpful. The Anxiety Workbook is helpful even though reading it really stresses me out! 2y
WanderingBookaneer @MarriedtoMrT : Thank you. Your answer has helped me understand TWs better. 2y
mrsmarch @WanderingBookaneer @QuietlyLaura There‘s “a spider crept across the leaf” and then there‘s “the corpse she found was filled with spiders, devouring, laying their eggs in its putrid organs.” The first is a drop in the bucket, the 2nd is CW all over the place (if spiders gave me the heebie jeebies). 2y
QuietlyLaura @mrsmarch Exactly right! 2y
JamieArc @WanderingBookaneer I think of them more as warnings as well and agree that we overuse them. I don‘t think they need to be used just for something that elicits strong emotion, but for someone who gets put into a seriously bad/harmful place (I think of those who struggle with self-harm for instance), then we could try to do tws. 2y
JamieArc I don‘t know where there line is though of what is worthy of a trigger warning. It would be kind of cool if they could be listed on the publication page (where date of pub is listed) so major ones are there for those who need it but those who don‘t have to see it. 2y
MicheleinPhilly @JamieArc This is what I find difficult as well - where to draw the line. I recently reviewed a book for potential inclusion in a certain club a lot of us are members of 😉 and was asked to provide trigger/content warnings. I found myself listing 15-20 things because I didn‘t know where to draw the line. I think it‘s virtually impossible to “know” all the potential readers of a book and their struggles. 2y
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MelAnn
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#TrivialThursday

1. Neil Gaiman
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Brandy

GarthRanzz Interesting choices! I‘m surprised I haven‘t seen more Sheeran fans picking him. 2y
MelAnn @GarthRanzz his voice is so soothing - I think he could sing me to sleep and make me forget being stuck on an island. 2y
PenguinInFlight Oh man, I should have gone for Ed! I adore him. 😍😍I‘ve been a John Mayer fan a lot longer, though, and I do love his music...especially his first album. Probably my fave of all time, ever. 2y
MelAnn @PenguinInFlight well maybe best time @GarthRanzz will let us take two! I‘m a fan of JM myself as well! 2y
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LoverofLit
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"I am not scared of bad people, of wicked evil doers, of monsters and creatures of the night. The people who scare me are the ones who are certain of their own rightness."

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LoverofLit
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"Did you know May the 3rd was the day the devil was cast out of heaven and thus the day on which it is unpardonable to commit a crime?"

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LoverofLit
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"Where there are monsters, there are also miracles."
#truth

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LoverofLit
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Neil Gaiman: "Narrated by....well...ME"
Squuueeee! So excited to listen to his beautiful voice again this morning while #audioworking

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jackilynn
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Pickpick
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jackilynn
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From "The Sleeper & the Spindle"

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jackilynn
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Neil Gaiman + Doctor Who...two of my favorite things in one!!! Nothing O'Clock has got to be my favorite short in this collection....so far (I still have a few to go)!

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Kamisha
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#audiostitching the morning away! 😍

Finally got the border and the house banners done on my HP banner!

laurenbescoby Love it!! 😍🔮 2y
Mitch How cute are those figures?! 👏🏻 2y
AmyG Oh wow...lovely. 2y
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britt_brooke So pretty! 2y
RachelO That's great! 2y
Chelleo Beautiful 😍😍😍 2y
Chelleo @Leftik You need to do one of these! 2y
Bookzombie So cute! 2y
Kamisha @miralunasbooknook @Mitch @AmyG @britt_brooke @RachelO @Chelleo @Bookzombie Thanks guys! 🤗🤗 the pattern is from cloudsfactory, if anybody is interested! 2y
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jackilynn
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Starting my next Gaiman audio. I am in love with hearing him narrate his own works.

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witchynarcoleptic
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The third book from my hold rack that showed up today. Two Gaiman‘s at once? Two Gaiman‘s at once. #neilgaiman

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TheLibrarian
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I don‘t own or read a lot of short stories, but I absolutely love Neil Gaiman and everything he touches. #RiotGrams

Linsy Agreed! I haven‘t read these yet, but I recently found Gaiman and am totally on the bandwagon. He‘s amazing!! 2y
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dperipatetic
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A lovely and fantastical collection of short stories and poems.

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reema
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I‘m never disappointed in anything Gaiman writes. There‘s just something about his style that sucks me in completely. Of course, there were some stories I loved more than others. Some were scary, some were poignant, some amusing. He rewrote another fairytale, brought back Shadow Moon and David Bowie (not in the same story, sadly), and took us on an adventure with The Doctor and Amy Pond amongst other amazing stories.