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to wonder who on earth reads these books? And why??

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I forget the snappy term for them but I'm referring to all the books about child abuse. Titles like "No Daddy No" and the like. I can understand that if you have suffered abuse it could be cathartic to write about it but I really don't understand why anyone would want to read it.

I may be a bit unreasonable as I have never read one of these books - have I missed something?

I think MrsDeVere makes a good point about some survivors finding these kind of books distressing. And while of course no-one has to read them they can be hard to avoid in some shops when there's shelf upon shelf of them.

I'm not sure whether there can be any compromise there though - I understand that it is important for these stories to be told. But if there was a huge section on DV and rape in my local bookshop it would certainly put me off going in. I don't know where the balance point is here.

Allinonebucket Mon 28-Jan-13 18:40:24

I said I saw people relating these life stories as people seeking a kind of therapy. I didn't say I saw them as anything else.

I view many readers of these products in a similar way to how I see those who watch extremely violent films (torture porn) - Saw etc.

I don't think they shouldn't exist. But it does disturb me that they are so ubiquitous, popular.

hattymattie Mon 28-Jan-13 18:59:56

I read Ugly - I'd picked it up second hand and was curious. I must admit my life has been quite sheltered and abuse on this scale was an eye opener. I don't think I need to read any more though sad

MrsDeVere Mon 28-Jan-13 19:51:34

Then I repeat my apology for misreading your tone Cailin smile

EldritchCleavage Tue 29-Jan-13 00:16:52

Well maybe we're all being too polite, in a sense. Aren't a lot of people saying books recounting childhood abuse with real literary merit are one thing, badly written exploitatively promoted 'genre' books (however rooted in real experience) are not?

Letmeintroducemyself Tue 29-Jan-13 00:29:07

no - because clearly the way a story is written will also depend on the literacy levels of the survivor.

Hesterton Tue 29-Jan-13 07:04:27

It's the snowballing of the genre, it feels like it devalues the pain of the individual somehow into a 'brand'.

I am not and never have been uncomfortable with any proceeds which go to the victims. And now I see that for other victims it may offer some sense of them not being alone - get that now, didn't before. And I don't think victims should have to shut up and keep their abuse a secret; it is just an objection to the mass marketing, homogenisation and commercialisation of their hell. It does feel like exploitation.

I'm genuinely sorry if my views have contributed to upsetting anyone who has been through this hell.

sashh Tue 29-Jan-13 07:21:11

I asked someone at uni about this, she was always reading them.

Her answer was that her childhood had been so happy she couldn't imagine anything else so reading them showed her another side.

BambieO Tue 29-Jan-13 08:15:25

'I view many readers of these products in a similar way to how I see those who watch extremely violent films (torture porn) - Saw etc.'

allinone how can you judge why a reader is reading a book without actually asking them? You have just confirmed that you are judging people based on your own ideals. You think the books are not to be read or are inappropriate reading in someway therefore you project this onto others. People who could be reading for one of the huge number of valid reasons we have seen on this thread already.

Perhaps you shouldn't be so quick to judge others by your own standards.

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