Yes, I've just uttered that taboo of a word.
Before you fill the comments with your rage and disappointment, let me finish. I'm not in any way condoning suicide, nor do I believe in it. If you're going to yell at me, then fine. Just know that you're being immature.
How many of you have read a book dealing with suicide? How many of you judged it for what it was, and not what it dealt with?
If you're one of the people who could raise your hand when I asked those questions, I applaud you. No, I want to hug you.
Something that bothers me is when a person, ANYBODY, decides to completely judge a book on one aspect of the novel. I may not agree with everything the character says and does, but I don't need to. As a reader, I have to understand that I am not the character and they must make their own decisions. Just because they do something does not mean that I have to do it or even agree with it.
Think about this: Book characters are always exactly like you. They look like you, they speak like you, they have the same lifestyle you do. They are, essentially, you. They do not have magical powers or go on epic adventures. Instead, they stay at home and do the things you do. The people in their lives are extremely similar to yours. There is no story.
I'm sorry, but I don't read to hear about my own lifestyle and customs. I read to experience things that I would otherwise not be able to. I read to be entertained.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I thought this novel was beautiful. It made me think so much about the consequences of my actions. It just goes to show that there are always two sides to every story.
This novel has received a lot of good feedback, while it's definitely also received many negative reviews. Why? Because the novel contained content related to suicide.
In my opinion, this novel doesn't really focus on suicide. It's more a think-before-you-do, chain reaction, make-you-think books. This novel isn't as much about Hannah committing suicide, as it is about why she did it.
Yet, there are still people who tell me that Hannah is a coward. I fully respect these people and am friends with most of them. But it bothers me how I've heard them making fun of Hannah for "being a coward" and that she killed herself "because she was called some names."
If you've read Thirteen Reasons Why, you know that it went beyond name-calling. A lot farther. While I don't agree with Hannah's decision, I understand it, in a way.
I know there are so many families that have been hurt by a family member or friend taking their own life. For me, if an author can write a novel that could make teens think before they speak, or do, then it's completely worth it. If an author could help save a life, perhaps several lives, then why would you disrespect that? It just doesn't make sense to me.
If you didn't like the novel because you didn't feel it was written well or something like that, then that's fine. But for people to bash on a book because it involved something they didn't like? That's just stupid. These things happen in real life, you know.
How many of you agree with sex before marriage?
There are plenty of books, YA books, with that sort of material in them, but they can rise up the best seller list without a complaint.
How many of you agree with drinking before legal age?
Several books deal with that, as well.
How many of you agree with teen pregnancy?
It's not even just books that deal with that. It's on TV, movies, and you can find in the lyrics of popular songs.
You may or may not agree with any of this. And that's my point. You don't have to agree with it. You aren't the character. It's not your life or your story, so calm down.
What are your thoughts, guys? I'd love to hear them. Leave me a comment.