In the era of the excess, what really could be the minimum bare to stand day by day?
Even fear in our society can’t be singular: we face everyday a multitude of fears – about the underground, the death, our bosses, to be late.
Sometimes, those fears are the deepest kind of phobias, even the strangers, someone can have.
The matter about phobias is that you can’t destroy them, but only survive, live loving them.
Here, some books about disparate fears and phobias that can be useful to you.
Prepare to be scared.
Eye candy – R. L. Stine
Have you ever wondered if your date could be the last?
The main character in this book she sure did: broken hearted for the loss of her ex boyfriends, she subscribe to a dating app having various dates with different types of men.
But one of them is a serial killer: he begins to kill every hookup that lies to him about physical traits of their body.
A wit and brilliant novel perfect for the fear of dates that our modern society injects in us with the majority of internet and dating apps.
Battle royale – Koushun Takami
A class of junior high school students is taken to a desert island where they have arms to kill one another until only one will survive.
Inspiration for the acclimated Hunger Games, this book is perfect for everyone that has fear of school or social anxiety: it best represents teenagers with their own phobias and flaws, with a lot of blood and gore.
The catcher in the rye – J.D. Salinger
Who hans’t read the story of Holden Caufield even once in his life has to be banished from life itself. Holden is the perfect summary of what the young man of twentieth century has began to be: stranger in his country, stranger in his family, stranger in his life. The peregrination of Holden best represents the phobias about being adult and never growing up.
I twill sure change your life, promised.
The stranger – Albert Camus
Xenophobia is best represented in this tale of a man estranged by his own country for a murder he (maybe?) hasn’t done. The fear of stranger of what Camus talked is for ourselves, the strangest people in our strange bodies and persons, but even the fear of what a different colour of skin and different traits of face can grow in a human.
The stranger that faces the absurd, the different that changes the fear of being different.
Misery – Stephen King
Maybe my worst nightmare – someday, I hope – this book by Stephen King is perfect for the one with phobias about stalkers, about being followed or aroused and about writing.
A successful writer let die his main character in the last book of his acclimated series, but a fan will make him her prisoner and force him to write a different ending for her beloved Misery.
The picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Thanatophobia is best described in this only novel by Wilde. The story is famous: a young man wants to remain young and beautiful and assigns his decadence to a portrait.
The rest is history.
But let me say this: there are a list of underneath phobias that a distract reader wouldn’t notice, like the one about time, about materialism, about people and society.
Tales and poems – Edgar Allan Poe
Maybe I’m ordinary, but I couldn’t resist to put Poe in this issue.
Poe summarized in the best way possible the deepest fears and phobias of human psyche, like the ones about truth and guilty – Tell-tale heart – and made a perfect compendium of them with his imagination put in creepy stories and poems.
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Have you fear of God? Of the unknown? Of religion?
This book by Neil Gaiman reimagines a society where we live with gods, a punk-rock version of them, a humanized version with their own fears and flaws.
If you’ve ever wondered who God is or what His phobia can be, this is THE book.