This thought has been on my mind for a while now, so I decided to make it this week’s discussion.
Have you ever read a book where you thought something that was mentioned shouldn’t have been there?
Maybe it was approached wrong. Maybe it had no place in the story and was just unnecessary. Or may it just shouldn’t have been written about.
So I’m asking today…
Is there ever a topic that shouldn’t be written about?
As we all know, there’s certain topics that are more sensitive to write and read about than others: think mental health, abuse, disabilities, suicide etc. But have you ever come across a topic that just shouldn’t have been written about?
Are some things better left unsaid?
Personally, I think no. There’s never a topic that shouldn’t be written about. Every time a bit of knowledge on these topics is shared, people become less ignorant and gradually learn more, possibly without even realizing it. If these topics weren’t talked about, how would anyone understand?
The problem, however, can be how the topic is handled.
If any topic is written in a bad and inaccurate way, it can cause offense. Or give the wrong impression. Teach people the wrong thing. And that is when it becomes a problem.
So to me, I can’t think of any examples where a topic shouldn’t have been written about. But maybe, just maybe, it shouldn’t have been written by that certain author. If they can’t portray it in a careful, accurate, understanding way, then maybe they should just not write about it, because it could cause more problems than not.
However, if the author can explain things right, and enlighten the readers just a little bit more, then that’s got to be a good thing, right?
So share your thoughts!
Can you think of a topic that shouldn’t be written about?
Or have you read a book where a certain topic was approached in the wrong way?
Do you agree with me – that it’s not the topic, but how it’s handled?
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