I saw a thing on the news this morning about how some children might be terribly upset after reading the new Harry Potter. I thought back to some of the things I read at that age, and there were some things that frightened me, (Salem’s Lot and the Amityville Horror spring to mind), but obviously I read them anyway and was glad I did.
Later on, as an adult, I did read a disturbing piece of fiction and although I finished it, I’d be happier had I never encountered it at all. Other disturbing things I picked up to read (such as true crime stories) I had the good sense to put down.
So…did you ever read anything that upset you so much that you wish you hadn’t read it at all? And I don’t mean, “I was upset because the book sucked so much I wanted my two hours back!”