How do you handle it when…

Books tackle every single real life issue that I can think of. Sometimes certain issues are covered more than others (and some of us get upset about that, which I get) but typically it brushes on something. These issues are things we may have strong opinions or feelings about and sometimes reading about them fill us with various emotions.

So my question…

How do you handle reading a book that tackles a topic that you are very much against?

Maybe the writing is really good. Maybe it’s a story that you have thus far gotten lost in, a world that you feel connected to. Maybe the characters are so relatable that you just feel so in love with how everything is going.

And then, the issue presents itself. Yes, you have been completely and totally into the story, super invested, and yet…that issue sticks out like a sore thumb.

For example (since I am not going to throw out the book I am reading because spoilers)…you are reading this awesome book. Everything just clicks and you feel like this is the perfect book for you to be reading at this exact moment. And then you come across an issue such as creationism or evolution, and they are very pro the one that you are against. Or maybe there’s an abortion issue and the text is very pro-choice or pro-life and you are not. (again, not giving you my personal opinions on things because this is not meant to start a debate)

How do you handle this? Do you brush it off and hope the issue doesn’t play a huge role in the story? Do you stick with the book no matter what, or do you set it down and never really try again? Does this change your opinion of the book, characters, and author?

This is not meant to start a debate about any particular issue. I think we all have our own opinions and typically an internet debate does nothing more than anger someone and cause unnecessary drama. I just want to know how you approach this situation in your reading. It has happened to me multiple times and I just never really know how to respond. Sometimes I put it down, other times I stick with it and find that my feelings have changed.

How do you handle this? I would love to hear your thoughts! šŸ™‚

2 thoughts on “How do you handle it when…

  1. Well I understand what you mean. My example would probably be the exact opposite to the one you used (lol) but I try and go into books that contain themes I don’t personally identify with as like a learning experience. I’m never going to understand pedophiles but Lotia was a bit of an eye opener. I’m never going to understand someone who’s super religious but by reading books with character who are or with themes surrounding religion I better start to understand this foreign concept to me.

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    1. That makes sense. I have stayed away from like anything about the book that brought this up so I kinda went in blind. Had I had more details I dunno if I would have read it or not, and maybe it’s a good thing that I am reading. Getting me to see multiple sides of an issue. Ha the example was basically the only two things I could think of where people are so split one way or the other.

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