‘Misery Lit’

The last couple of years, there have been a HUGE AMOUNT of real-life books focussing on things like child abuse, …and child abuse.

What’s the deal? What started all this off?

A long time ago it was The Notebook and a bunch of similar books, now it’s all about people writing about their horrible childhoods. I think it possibly started with ‘Angela’s Ashes’ and now it’s stuff like ‘Not Without My Sister’. You can tell when it’s one of these ‘missing childhood’ stories when you see the cover. A crayon-like script handwritten across it, possibly with a picture of a young kid with a dour expression in ill-fitting clothes.

I think the more important question is, are there any signs of this trend abating?

Some articles from the Guardian, the BBC and The Independent about this grim, voyeuristic, real-life trauma drama.

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