Let’s Talk Bookish – Tackling Toxic Relationships in Literature

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As it is once again Friday, it is time for another Let’s Talk Bookish edition. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is all about tackling toxic relationships in literature.

I think this is a very important topic when it comes to literature and the books that are produced. It is something that needs to be discussed a lot more.

When it comes to fiction how should toxic relationships be handled? Is it okay to portray toxic relationships?

I think that literature should handle toxic relationships as that, toxic. Books can be incredible for educating and showing the dangers of toxic relationships much like TV and Films do. So I think they should be handled sensitively and should actively include the voices of those who have suffered. They should never be used to glorify any type of toxic relationship. I think that it is okay to portray toxic relationships within literature so long as it is clearly shown to the reader that the relationship is toxic and, in many cases, wrong.

How can we avoid glorifying Teacher x Student or other toxic dynamics, and is it important to try to avoid that?

I think we can avoid glorifying these types of relationships by showing the dangers of them and how they can affect those involved. I have not read My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, but I know that it covers a student x teacher relationship and the abuse that Vanessa goes through without even realising it. I have seen many reviewers comment on how horrific it is, and I think it is important to show the effects these types of relationships have on people.

How do you feel about abusive relationships in fiction? What about in adult dark romance?

I don’t like abusive relationships within literature unless the purpose of the literature is to show someone getting out of that situation or how toxic the relationship is. Occasionally dark adult romance will occur in the fantasy/fantasy romance books that I am reading. I only feel comfortable reading these types of books if everything was between consenting adults.

What do you think about tackling toxic relationships in literature? Let me know in the comments below.

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