Trigger warnings in books is a much talked topic in the bookish world and most often on Twitter. I personally find trigger warnings very important. But many others have already said everything about it that I have wanted to so below I will link you to their posts so you can check those out to make up your own mind.
Something that I hear a lot is that people do want to use trigger warnings but they aren’t sure what are triggers or content warnings they can share. When I first started using trigger and content warnings I found this hard as well. Looking at reviews of those that use these warnings of books I’d read as well I’ve learned what fits there.
However I am always willing to help and so I have made a list of trigger and content warnings that can be used for those that find it tricky.
First things first however:
This is by no means THE list or an extensive list. This list is just to help those starting out with the trigger warnings. I can assure you that once you get more comfortable with using them in your reviews that you will not need a list like these to help you out.
We are all very diverse and different people and what might not be a trigger for you, can still be one for someone else. Always consider that when you start writing down your warnings. We are listing these warnings to help others, not ourselves. Also poc might use different and more detailed trigger warnings for racial ones, which the same goes for any of these categories and the people who are affected by them. They know more on this. Remember that.
With all you can add / Mentioned / Suggested / On Page / Off the Page/ Implied / Threatening/ Talking of/ Attempted / to make more clear if it is mild or big or in what way it is in the book. I took most of those out of the trigger warnings below as it cluttered it up.
It is up to you on how detailed you want to make your trigger warnings. However never see them as spoilers. They are not.
Racial and Religious
|Racism||Racial Slurs||Racial Profiling|
|Use of the Word Savage||Slavery||Talk of Superior Race|
|Antisemitism||Witch Prosecution||Concentration Camps|
|Triggering talk regarding pronouns||Deathnaming Character||Misgendering|
|Forced Outing of Character|
|Suicide||Hanging (by suicide)||Suicide Ideation|
|Trivializing Mental Illness||Romanticized Mental Illness||PTSD|
|Emotional Abuse||Controlling Parents||Panic Attacks|
|Drug Use||Drug Addiction||Alcholism|
|Alcohol/Drug Withdrawel||Trauma||Child Abandonnement|
|Eating Disorders||Confrontation Rapist/Abuser||Nightmares about Traumatic Events|
|Locking up MH Patient against their will|
|Curing of Speech-Impaired Character||Curing of Disabilities||Lifechanging injury|
|Ableism||Ableistic language||Detailed Medical Talk|
|Explicit Sex Scene||Nudeness (Graphic Novel)||Masturbation|
|Blowjob||Sex with a Minor||Pedophilia|
|Sexual Predator||Sexual Abuse||Incest|
|Human Traficking||Sex Slaves|
Violence and Death
|Death||Death of a Loved One||Infant Death|
|Animal Death||Graphic Deaths||Mass Death|
|Murder||Execution||Burned at the Stake|
|Hangings (Not by suicide)||Decapitation||Suffocation|
|Burning People||Extreme Violence||Gore|
|Mutilation of Corpses||Cutting of Limbs||Forced Blood Draining|
|Threatening baby/child||Violence against Children||Child Abuse|
|Physical Abuse||Domestic Abuse||Animal Cruelty|
|Escalating Violence||Described Blood||Graphic Violence|
|Slut Shaming||Drugging Someone Against Their Will||Miscarriage|
|Body Shaming||Female Oppression||Forced Marriage|
|Fat Phobia||Underage Drinking||Kidnapping|
Other Great Resources Regarding Trigger Warnings