While lots of people want happy endings, we also seem to gravitate towards a sad story. A lot of traumatic scenarios (ex. diseases, accidents, deadly injuries, mental illness) in the real world are glossed over in fiction. I read a lot, mostly YA, and I admittedly didn't realize how terrible these situations can be in real life, because an author can make a reader perceive something the way they wrote it, whether it's correct down to the last gory detail, or completely glamorized.
As a starting point for the project, I'm going to gather examples of how fiction glamorizes situations like this. I'm going to be looking specifically at books, since I don't watch a lot of movies or TV shows, but I may incorporate those in later depending on where this goes.
From those examples, I want to figure out why authors do this. If they're going to include this material in their stories, what good would they get out of glossing over it?
I'd love to hear all your thoughts!