Recently, a friend and I were discussing shows, books, and the writing world in general. It got to a point where we started to get specific, for example, we started to talk about romance novels such as love and gelato, or Rick Riordan's new releases. That sort of stuff. But it got to the point where we began to talk about the darker themes that novels and literature have to offer. Examples are shows that contain rape and violence, such as in 13 Reasons Why, or pedophilia in books like "Let the Right One in". She immediately became disgusted by mentioning such things, and started to say how horrible the authors were to ever write about such dreadful things, and why anyone would ever dabble on such subjects. And then immediately, right after she said that, I felt a little annoyed.
Okay, okay. Hear me out: Yes, things like pedophilia, rape, violence, and molestation should never happen to anyone. These are incredibly sensitive subjects that should be handled with care and only talked about in the right circumstances. I understand the sensitivity of the things I'm about to talk about, however, I feel a serious need to state my opinion.
I feel like people should write about these things. Now, before you all come after me, I'm making it clear at this very moment that I do not support any of these horrid crimes, and to write about such things would require a lot of research and studying of the subject in order to fully understand the topic. People shouldn't just write about things like abuse without talking to a real abuse victim and studying the affects and mentality of going through abuse. And the reason I think people should write about it are for the following reasons:
1. It bring attention to the subject. Skillful writers are able to portray the gruesomeness of the crime or mental illness, thus letting their readers know that depression, schizophrenia, molestation, and pedophilia aren't things to be joked about, and should in fact be taken very seriously. By portraying how horrible it is, readers will understand that it isn't a laughing matter and should be treated sensitively.
2. It may be a coping method for the writer. Most writers implement their own personal experiences in their stories through their characters as a coping method. For example, if a writer has suffered through depression, then that same writer may make a character with depression in order to cope and recover from the illness.
3. It shows the darker parts of the world. Not everything is fucking sunshine and rainbows in reality, so why should it be in writing? Yes, it can be escape from all the dreadful things happening in the real world, but that doesn't mean every book must be filled with princes saving princesses, or two people falling in love in a standard plot. While books are used to escape reality, they should also remind us all the dark things happening or that has happened in the world.
4. It may help victims of these crimes and illnesses have someone to relate to. As some of you may know, I'm currently going through mild depression and I am slightly suicidal. I'd hate if books were just about people falling in love by doing the same things. I'd hate if books just had happy endings and happy characters who were all perfectly content with their lives, because I'd have nothing to relate to. By reading about characters who are going through similar things, it's almost like a coping method - I can relate to them even though they're fictional, because I can't relate to anyone in reality at the moment.
That's everything I really have to say. I think people should write about these crimes and illnesses for all these reasons. But like I said before: I don't support people doing any of this, and I think people should only write about it if they truly know about the subject and have done extensive research on it.