Violence in Books vs. Television, Movies, and Plays

Quote of the Day: Real solemn history, I cannot be interested in. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all. Jane Austen Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. Alice Walker Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it. Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption I just finished reading the fifth book in Sandra Brannan‘s murder/mystery series. She includes some descriptive details of the murders and violent acts in her books, but not to the point where I can’t read them. Her books fit more into the category of  the “Cozy Mystery” like Sue Grafton’s alphabet series, although I’d say they’re more like detective novels. The first three books dealt with violence against women and serial killers. The author gives us just enough detail to picture the scene and raise our anxiety. She creates that element of suspense that keeps you turning pages late into the night, trying to get the main character and the victims out of harm’s way. In Noah’s Rainy Day, the fourth book, and...

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