“Why should we care?” A sentence we hear all too often. Why should we care about your story? Why should we care about your problems? Why should we care about your language?
If we let it, there is a broader literary spectrum ready for us to become a part of.
College is supposed to broaden one’s horizons, not limit them; it is supposed to challenge people. The question on my mind, as the notion of trigger warnings begins to encompass the widely accepted literary canon, is where does it stop?
Unlike most other literary forms, memoirs tend to toe the line between fiction and nonfiction and must cope with the burden of truth along with the audience’s expectation to be entertained. But the ultimate appeal of memoir is its status as “witness to real life.”