Controversial Song of the Day: “The Sweetest Taboo” by Sade
For the entire month of April, we’ll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
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So we’ve hit some pretty taboo issues during the first week: drugs, eating disorders, and guns. But incest? In YA novels? Yeah, we can already see parents fainting.
There are no hardcore statistics to give you on incest because…well, people just don’t talk about it. Yet, there are PLENTY of authors that do not shy away from this topic (at least according to Library Thing):
- How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
- Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews
- Push by Sapphire
- Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
- Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
I will admit to reading Forbidden, and it was so beautifully written that I immediately looked up the author to find her other books. In fact, it’s probably one of my favorite books now–but I made sure to read it in the privacy of my home. I worried that if someone caught me reading it, I’d have to explain what it was about (I know, I’m awful).
So, why do you all think that incest is such a “hot topic” in novels? Can you think of any other book that hints at this issue?