This website is not a list of recommendations. The books listed in or omitted from the database should not be taken as commentary on any particular book or author. There are inarguably problematic books listed and books authored by individuals we would never personally support. However, we cannot exclude any book, series or author from the list in good conscience. There are certain books and authors we would not encourage you to read (for a variety of reasons), but in the end, your reading is a matter of personal choice. We would rather provide you with content warnings so you can have a safe reading experience.
If you are someone who is bothered by spoilers, please peruse the database with caution. Certain trigger warnings may reveal plot points that could be considered spoilers.
I still don’t understand, what are triggers?
Triggers are specific kinds of content or stimuli that cause a trauma response. While every person has a unique set of triggers, they usually cause panic attacks, anxiety attacks, depressive episodes, or flashbacks. This can later led to long-term setbacks to people’s mental health, often by inducing nightmares, disturbed sleep, and/or suicidal ideation.
… so how do trigger warnings help?
Most readers are triggered because they were not aware a book contained their personal trigger and could not prepare for it. Trigger warnings allow readers to be aware of a book’s content beforehand, so they can make informed choices of what they choose to read and when they choose to read it. They may choose to avoid certain books until their mental health improves or until they hit a certain point in their recovery journey. Other people find being aware of potential triggers is enough for them, and simply proceed reading with caution.
TL;DR? Simply put, trigger warnings are life-saving because they help prevent people from being triggered.
Why don’t you use the term homophobia? What does homomisia mean?
Homomisia means a strong dislike of homosexuals and homosexuality; it refers to people bigoted towards gay people, and anti-gay rhetoric. We don’t use the term homophobia because it is misleading and inaccurate, literally meaning ‘a fear of gay people’. It is also belittling and insulting to people with legitimate phobias. Most people mean homomisia when they say homophobia.
It can also be swapped out for other prefixes, such as queermisia or bimisia.
How do you classify anthologies?
Anthologies are treated like any other title. You will find them listed on the Masterlist under all of their contributors and editors.
If trigger warnings are available for the specific short stories or essays (etc.), the anthology’s individual post will be split into sections. If we are unaware what trigger warnings apply to which short story, the anthology will have a general listing.
Are non-fiction titles included?
The short answer is yes. For the most part, non-fiction titles provide their own trigger warnings. For example, a book about eating disorders, naturally, will have a trigger warning for eating disorders. Not all titles are so obvious though, so we include some titles for clarity, even if it seems redundant.