Could there ever be any good reason to read someone else’s journal? Or is it always an invasion of privacy? I touched upon this in a recent post about Kurt Cobain’s posthumously published journals. It came up again when I read about the Joker notebook that Heath Ledger kept while filming The Dark Night. (Old news I know, but I’ve only just heard about it.)
I’ve heard stories of parents who looked to answers in the diaries of their troubled teens. Does an action like this ever play out well? Or does it always lead to feelings of betrayal and a lifetime of resentment by the child towards the parent? There is a rather lengthy discussion about this on Reddit entitled: Parents, have/do you read your children’s diaries? If so, did you feel guilty and did you find anything surprising or disturbing?
Ever read a journal belonging to one of your friends?
Created by and starring Lena Dunham, HBO’s Girls is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their mid-20s. In Season 1, episode 4, (“Hannah’s Diary”) Hannah’s friend Ray spies her diary and begins reading it. Later in the episode, Charlie sings a new song at a gig and dedicates it to his girlfriend Marnie. The song is made up of lyrics pulled from the pages of Hannah’s diary detailing why Marnie should break up with him. Furious, Marnie dumps a drink on a dumbstruck Hannah and storms out. Ouch!