to wonder who on earth reads these books? And why??

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I forget the snappy term for them but I'm referring to all the books about child abuse. Titles like "No Daddy No" and the like. I can understand that if you have suffered abuse it could be cathartic to write about it but I really don't understand why anyone would want to read it.

I may be a bit unreasonable as I have never read one of these books - have I missed something?

coughingbean Sun 27-Jan-13 18:31:08

I work in a library and this section is huge. Most of my collegues hate them, Some titles even make me have a sad face.

"A Boy Call It - drivel - and fantasy if his siblings recants are to be believed - but hey! it made David Pelzer a fortune at the expense of his family."

His brother backs him up and says that the abuse moved to him when David was taken into foster care at 12 (instigated by his teachers).

It is usual to scapegoat one child (think baby P).

I don't see a problem with these being in schools, at least the children will recognise abuse.

Booyhoo Sun 27-Jan-13 18:33:38

seanbonbon

i wouldn't bother with that one. it isn't funny. at all.

CheCazzo Sun 27-Jan-13 18:34:43

HarrietSchulenberg

Two things - one....I love your NN - and I love Harriet!

two - absolutely YYYY to the "lifelike china dolls and kitten plates from the Sunday papers". You've nailed it!

MrsKeithRichards Sun 27-Jan-13 18:36:25

I'm also not in the habit of sneering at what other people read. I might not choose to read them but I'd rather people were reading something.

Geranium3 Sun 27-Jan-13 18:38:41

I totally agree with you OP and TBH i think most of them are complete fiction.
I've given up trying to buy a book with my supermarket shopping, half are misery memoirs and the rest are sleb memoirs, most equally as dire!
Need to support our local independent bookshop where possible

TheDarkSideOfTheSpoon Sun 27-Jan-13 18:39:22

My MIL reads these by the shelf load, she is an otherwise normal woman who had a normal upbringing and doesn't even collect porcelain kittens. We are forever taking the mick out of her for reading them. I have read a few of the more widely known ones when they first came out and found them horribly depressing and upsetting.

I can understand how those that are truly autobiographical must have been cathartic for the author, and I take the point above about them having raised awareness, but I really can't understand the desire to read them, especially in multiples.

Mynewmoniker Sun 27-Jan-13 18:40:05

I think someone entitled the 'Pity Porn'.

I hate the thought of them being published and IMHO if a person is reading them to get some understanding of their own situation I would say go see a counsellor and write your own there with support.

MrsKeith I wasn't sneering, just genuinely baffled. I'm sure plenty of MNers would be equally baffled by my taste in books,

Convert Sun 27-Jan-13 18:40:45

My mil reads this kind of crap. After she had lent me one called 'No Mummy, don't hit me with the mangle' I declined to borrow any more.

Disclaimer, that may not have been the exact title grin

MrsKeithRichards Sun 27-Jan-13 18:42:20

TheJoyful sorry, that wasn't directed at you.

My mum reads them. She was abused as a child so I don't know if its something to do with that. Must admit there are so many now it feels a bit like some of the authors are jumping on the bandwagon which sounds awful but its like 50 shades of grey and all the 80 shades of red and 50 shades of pink stuff that cam out after. I dunno I can't read it.

RedHelenB Sun 27-Jan-13 18:42:43

I read the Dave Peltzer ones but they were enough.

Letmeintroducemyself Sun 27-Jan-13 18:44:57

I read a lot of them a while back - mostly because I buy all my books in charity shop and had read practically everything else there and I'll give anything a go

some of them are heart rendering - if theya are painful to read I figure they deserve to be read because that was the intention of the author

I don't read them anymore - the shelves have more diverse titles again

Letmeintroducemyself Sun 27-Jan-13 18:45:17

I read a lot of them a while back - mostly because I buy all my books in charity shop and had read practically everything else there and I'll give anything a go

some of them are heart rendering - if theya are painful to read I figure they deserve to be read because that was the intention of the author

I don't read them anymore - the shelves have more diverse titles again

gordyslovesheep Sun 27-Jan-13 18:47:19

same people who eat up the drama of Take A Break and alike - and visit shrines to dead children they never knew providing The Sun with endless photo ops and 'devastated' quotes!

grief vampires

Oh ok MrsKeith, sorry. smile

lljkk Sun 27-Jan-13 18:48:54

I have read bits, including A Boy Called It. Not the most disturbing stuff, but I don't like horror slash films, either.
It's just an extension of car crash TV, or watching Casualty, no? Sometimes compulsive viewing.

BambieO Sun 27-Jan-13 18:50:12

I don't see people reading them as voyeurism. Some of them are sure to be true stories written by people who want others to read their stories and hopefully gain an insight into how some others are forced to live and even to try and help people recognise signs they may be witnessing in their own lives somehow with signs that would otherwise go unnoticed?

I don't think it's fair to categorise people that read them with silly presumptions of china dolls and kittens, people are entitled to educate themselves, look beyond their own lives and into the loves of others and gather information however they choose.

I think it says more about the people making immature presumptions than it does of anyone who has ever read even just one book

gordyslovesheep Sun 27-Jan-13 18:50:38

o it's like watching Jeremy Kyle - the REALITY bit adds an extra frisson - Casualty is made up !

BambieO Sun 27-Jan-13 18:51:34

*lives - apologies for typos evidently I should read more!

eminemmerdale Sun 27-Jan-13 18:52:04

So was 'A boy called It' not true? I have to say I have read a few but also have a classic piss take on my Kindle called 'My Godawful Life by Sunny Mccreary' - excellent spoof.

Mynewmoniker Sun 27-Jan-13 18:55:06

'No Mummy, don't hit me with the mangle' Madge me grin, Convert

Mynewmoniker Sun 27-Jan-13 18:56:15

"made" sorry

MrsKeithRichards Sun 27-Jan-13 18:57:04

I've read a lot about the holocaust, does that make me a grief vampire or dim?

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