I'm going to dive into my actual research soon, this is just the beginning point. I have collected three examples of how authors/stories glamorize these types of events. And these are just my own opinions so far. It's difficult to justify these types of things because everybody has different perceptions of stories. I will leave links that describe the books I'm talking about for those who are unfamiliar. (I will also be using language relevant to traumatic scenarios, just a heads up.)
1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. While it's a successful book, the author has glossed over the fact that the characters are struggling with serious terminal cancer. Aside from half a chapter and a few smaller scenes, there really isn't much about the characters coping with their illness. The author has packed the book with romance, dialogue, and extensive vocabulary instead. This could be that the author was trying to show how the characters were making the most out of the days they had left and didn't want to include much about their treatments/illness in the plot, but I don't feel like the characters physical struggles were justified.
2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book was recently made into a TV series (that I haven't seen) and there was a LOT of controversy about it. I read the book and really liked it, actually, but I felt the suicide situation was ignored. This might just be the viewers/readers who've shared there thoughts were too caught up to pay attention. Or the author was building suspense, which is understandable. As well, the story wasn't from the point of view of the suicidal character, so I can see how it wouldn't be mentioned every single second. However, I felt the plot was putting the spotlight more on the drama, rather than this young woman's pain and mental health concerns. Not to mention, the book didn't portray the counsellor very respectfully or effectively.
3. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I loved this book, though I thought the author used mental illness as a way to connect the two leads and make them fall in love. I've read a lot about the author herself and she could've been incorporating her personal struggles into the story, but an impressionable audience could get the wrong idea. I felt like the mental health elements were dealt with honestly and respectfully, but the elements themselves seemed like kind of a plot device.
Anyways, please let me know if you agree/disagree with me! As a lot of my research will be derived from reader's thoughts, I love comments from all of you. I am aware that these are all YA novels about straight, white, cisgender, middle-class American teenagers, so I would love suggestions on more diverse books that could be useful for the project as well.
My nest research round will be about why these events are glamorized.
Thank you for reading!
Links to aforementioned books;
Sources: My copies of the above books as well as your lovely comments!