In this week’s Let’s Talk Bookish, MIKAELA @ MIKAELA READS wants to know if there are certain topics that shouldn’t be represented in fiction?
Prompts: Are there certain topics that can’t or shouldn’t be represented in fiction? If so, why shouldn’t they be? Do you think problematic/controversial issues in society should remain strictly part of the real world, or should they be explored in fiction? Should the ability to write about problematic or controversial topics be limited to certain people?
I think that there are absolutely no topics that should be off-limits in fiction. Great literature is full of taboo topics, and processing and understanding the world through reading is critical.
However—and I get that this is controversial—if you are going to write about something controversial, I do think that it’s kind of imperative that if you are going to write about things that may be difficult for some to read that you provide adequate and accurate content warnings. I recently read a book with an unadvertised subplot featuring the death of a spouse, and as a new-ish widow, it was tough for me. I might have chosen to read the book anyway, but at least I would have been prepared.
What do you think? Should anything be out of bounds in a book?