When a book goes bad…
It came to our attention that there are some issues that can make or break a book. One such issue for us, Gikany and Una, is rape – especially the rape of the main character.
Rarely have we read a book that handles the issue of rape “well.” When thinking of this issue, an appropriate example for us is the Mercy Thompson series. This is the first series that Una has read where the main character is raped, and the description and handling of the action and fallout was appropriately done. It did enhance the book. It provided challenges later on – the rape for Mercy is not something she “gets over” in a few pages because her “prince charming” or HEA comes and wipes the slate clean. It is something she works through. It reappears throughout subsequent novels that take place over long time spans. Although we have thankfully never experienced this violent act, we cannot fathom the healing – spiritual and emotional, especially – being resolved quickly. To us it is something that takes time – possibly a lifetime to learn to live with and through.
This being said – we recently started a book that we DNF’d because we felt that the rape of the main character was not handled well. We describe why we feel the author used this issue poorly in our review HERE.
What about you… Are there certain topics or issues that an author(s) has used as an element in a novel that when used well – it enhances the book while handing it poorly can wreck it horribly?
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