“Romanticizing” Suicide? I don’t think so.

I read a review recently on my Young Adult Fantasy novel, Dying to Forget and though I don’t condone calling out unfavorable reviews as EVERYONE is entitled to their own honest opinions, this particular review left a sour taste in my mouth. Writing about suicide is hard to do. I know this because I did it – I wrote about suicide and it wasn’t easy.

 

Though the story in Dying to Forget starts off on a heavy note and hits some sensitive chords, in no way was it intended to make suicide seem “romantic” or any less than what it is: the voluntary taking of one’s life. There are religions that tell us what happens after we die. There are those who aren’t religious that think everything simply ends, and of course, there are all sorts of people who believe everything in-between. The first thing to point out is that Dying to Forget is Fantasy Fiction. It was created in my mind and put to paper. It’s not real. The Station is not real. Piper Willow is not real.

 

One and a half years ago I lost a dear family member to suicide. I’m also a parent – I homeschool my children as well. So this story hits home for me in many ways. The Station – the make believe place I created in Dying to Forget is not a way ‘out’ for depressed people, rather it is an in-between place, or the stop after life and before what lies beyond. For those that have read the book and understand the overall theme, the Station is a suicide victims last chance at doing things right. A last chance at doing something positive. It’s not meant in any way to “gloss over suicide” or romanticize the idea that killing oneself will take you to a “better place”. Plenty of pain, loss and sadness is felt in the characters in the book, but the meaning behind it is meant to convey one of hope and mystery.

 

Though it saddens me that anyone would consider The Station Series as glorifying suicide, if the acknowledgments section of the first book is read, it’s clear that I do not condone taking a life. We are each important and here for a reason. As a Fiction writer, I get to play with the idea of what is real and what is  not. Piper Willow’s existence at the Station is to help others that have found themselves considering suicide. It’s her penance for taking her own life. THIS is what I want readers to walk away considering, but what they take from the story will surely vary. I am so very happy that many people seem to love the story, relate to the characters and close the book feeling more hope than despair but obviously I wanted to clear up this misconception from a negative reviewer.

 

If you’ve read this book and felt anything passionate at all, then I suppose I did my job as a writer. 😀 Want to know more about Dying to Forget including what other readers have said about the series – follow this Amazon Link.

 

Happy Monday – and as always – Happy Reading!

 

8 thoughts on ““Romanticizing” Suicide? I don’t think so.

  1. Jennifer Spell Wedmore says:

    I think if you actually read and absorb what you are reading, it is easy to see you were not condoning or glorifying suicide. Numerous times Piper had the opportunity to regret her decision, Piper missed shoes, trees and everything that wasnt around. I personally think you made it very apparent that Piper was atoning for her mistakes and regretted what she did. Thank you for taking the time to explain further your thoughts. Honestly it wasnt needed, Dying to Forget is a fantastic story that does give hope and helps people. Keep up the good work. I love your books and cant wait for more!

    xoxo
    Jennifer

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  2. chrissteen says:

    I started reading the book a little skeptical, thinking it may “romanticize” suicide but I quickly came to realize that you didn’t. You got the message across very well that suicide is not something to be glorified and that it is a sad, heartbreaking thing. Perhaps the reviewer felt it hit a little too close to home, or they didn’t get the message. In the end it’s one person.

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  3. Rena says:

    I really enjoyed The Station series. As soon as I finished the first, I immediately purchased the second. I am eagerly waiting for the third. Thanks so much for the great reads!!
    Be well, Rena

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  4. Jessica Wentz says:

    I lost my FIL to suicide six years ago, and I can honestly say this book does NOT romanticize it in the least! Yes, it was a bit heavy emotionally at the beginning, but Piper was going through so much. I loved reading it, and I love reading Dying to Remember! Don’t let one person get you down!! It’s an amazing series, and I can’t wait to read the third book!!

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  5. Ericajean says:

    Oh wow! The Station series did not glorify suicide in any way. Once a person actually read your books, they will encounter the painful, uneasy situations each character had to face; and see that Redemption and Love are what’s really glorified in the books. Your stories are wonderful gems for this world Trish. Thank You.

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