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#1 applesauce bee

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 04:11 PM

could I get some recommendations for books/series that don't scream eating disorder yet still personally trigger you? for example, the protagonist is always weird about food or just something about the themes trigger you. 


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 04:58 PM

I'm highly specific about what triggers me, so the most universal recommendation I can give is Twilight (don't come for me plz it's a guilty pleasure) if you think you'd be into that. I don't think I can recall a scene in which Bella doesn't skip her meals and it's constantly stated that Edward has to control himself around Bella because her blood smells so delicious, AKA he has to control himself around food. It's actually a little bizarre how much ED-esque stuff is in the series. Makes me wonder about the author. Other than that I find most YA books triggering since they so often feature thin girls leading a life I've deluded myself into thinking I can have once I'm thin enough lol.


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Posted 19 October 2020 - 09:08 AM

I'm highly specific about what triggers me, so the most universal recommendation I can give is Twilight (don't come for me plz it's a guilty pleasure) if you think you'd be into that. I don't think I can recall a scene in which Bella doesn't skip her meals and it's constantly stated that Edward has to control himself around Bella because her blood smells so delicious, AKA he has to control himself around food. It's actually a little bizarre how much ED-esque stuff is in the series. Makes me wonder about the author. Other than that I find most YA books triggering since they so often feature thin girls leading a life I've deluded myself into thinking I can have once I'm thin enough lol.

i thought someone would mention twilight since i've heard "ED-esque" things about the protagonist haha. i felt that last sentence so much it's sort of sad. thanks for the rec!


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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:58 AM

The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). They always talk about coffee, sandwiches, how thin Lisbeth is and how she doesn't seem to need food. 

The Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka, and The Vegetarian by Han Kang both describe starvation and cutting out groups of food and the psychological toll it takes without specifically being about EDs. 


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Posted 24 October 2020 - 05:02 AM

fantasy / romance

• Dawn &Julien by Lynn Raven (couldn't find the English name, in German the series was called "Der Kuss des Dämons")
The main character always drank her special tea and started to skip meals, later on she threw up as soon as she ate something because she was sick

• Vampire Academy / Bloodline by Richelle Mead
The vampire best friend was always described as super skinny and not having much of an appetite after drinking blood, also Sydney Sage (main character in thw spin off) drank copious amounts of coffee, always comparing herself to others, tried to avoid sugar and fat etc (later on she stopped so I lost interest in the books)

• i thought The Hunger Games were kind of triggering with Katniss who tried to ration her food, mentioning that her stomach shrunk from all the starving
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Posted 24 October 2020 - 07:54 AM

The Book of Proper Names by Amelie Nothomb. I read this when I was in inpatient and damn.. didn't expect to be triggered at all let alone as much as I was. It's a short, quick, engaging read that I highly recommend in any case 


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Posted 26 October 2020 - 08:40 PM

I second Twilight.

Also the Fifty Shades books. Christian is always having to remind her to eat, complaining about her weight, etc.

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