by Brittany Geragotelis
I saw this in my google news alerts. It's about an author who gathered together all of a certain relative's diaries recounting his time in the war and created a book about it. This got me thinking...Did this man write these diaries with the intention of them being read? Or were these like most diaries, where he would have died if the secrets he'd written down were revealed to the public.
Isn't that the point of a diary? It's a place where you can unload your un-edited, most personal thoughts, without fear of others judging you? Is his ghost freaking out right now or was he writing those diaries with the intention of someone finding and reading them? I mean, I still have the diary I wrote in periodically since middle school, and I would be horrified if someone read it, let alone published it for the whole world to see. But maybe this soldier's diary wasn't the same type as mine. It is possible he didn't write about his crushes, his rejections, his most embarrassing moments. He might've just stuck to the facts of the war, and treated it as a historical diary.
But I have to admit...I'm intrigued at the prospect of reading someone else's diary. It's that whole voyeuristic thing our society's got going on...the reason that smutty magazines and websites like Star, In Touch and Perez are so popular. We love to know the personal stuff that we're not supposed to.
So, what's the right thing to do in a situation like this? Is it okay to make public something that is supposed to have a reasonable expectation of privacy? Or should the written word be open to the public in any case? And if so, how would you feel if your diary was made into a book or movie? Would you die of embarrassment or would it be a boring read? Leave your comments (or diary exerpts) below!