Apr 27 2019

Xenophobia Triggers #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author

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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter X
is for xenophobia

Fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign. There are many people who are triggered by reading something like that. (Triggered is when someone feels hurt, offended, upset, or like an outcast because of a “trigger.” Distress because of feelings or memories from a troubling experience.)

Without giving spoilers away, was there anything especially offensive, any triggers for you? Examples include profanity, pedophilia, violent abuse, and discrimination. Was there any warning beforehand (perhaps in the book description) that the book contained this? Especially with romance and erotica books, were the steamy scenes safe and consensual?

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Question: Have you ever stopped reading or watching something because it triggered you?

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  1. For a long time I either had to close my eyes whenever a fire happened in movies or a TV show. Of course, what do I like? Action/Thrillers, where there are ALWAYS explosions and fires.

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    • joy on April 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM
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    yep. i read a christian fiction book that so upset me i deleted it off my nook even after paying $$ for it. and i loved the first 2 books in the series but somehow the author did a 180 and started telling a story with a POV character who was judgmental. i think i’m more turn off by xenophobic triggers watching TV/Film interestingly enough.

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  2. Yes indeed. I like a good scary movie, but if the opening scenes involve a disabled person in the role of victim, I stop right there. My son is an invalid, so that hits way too close to home. Anything involving harm or potential harm to cats sends me running in the opposite direction.

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  3. I will admit I am most likely Xenophobic. I mean there are so many foreign communities popping up all over the place. Sometimes entire areas of the city are ethnic in origin. More and more East Indian and Muslims everywhere. It frightens me. Where are all the white/caucasian people? I do believe they are moving to small towns just outside the city.
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      • NIV on April 28, 2019 at 5:19 AM
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      Jackie: what’s the fun in only knowing people who look and think like you? Consider taking some time to appreciate the diversity and cultures of the new communities growing around you! It might be terrifying, depending on what you’re used to, but they’re still people with the same basic needs and fears that you have, just different life experiences to learn from. Follow the Golden Rule, treat others how you would treat yourself, and enjoy. 💖

    • Nicki on April 28, 2019 at 5:29 AM
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    I’ve quit reading things that were too scary or too offensive or too boring but I’ve never been triggered by them, and I consider myself lucky for that.
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  4. Not with books, but with a book adaptation. I watched “You” on Netflix and it was super triggering. More so the fact that people completely missed the point of the show, and most reviews talked about how much they rooted for the psycho guy. Ugh. It was distressing to see how no one noticed he was a villain, or they just didn’t care.

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  5. I add trigger warnings to my reviews if I feel that a book should have one. Seriously, can’t there be a warning on the cover? Mm, maybe I should get my beta readers to tell me if I should add warnings to my own books — I’m so desensitised to violence it can become a drinking game…
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  6. My trigger is unnecessary cruelty to animals in any media. However, in my debut novel, the plot required that an antagonist maltreated a horse – a hard scene to write. But I trigger myself when I commit murder – on paper.

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