Thursday, April 17, 2008

Visualizing Violence

Detectives Beyond Borders' Peter Rozovsky asks:

How much violence are you prepared to accept in your crime reading? Is violence more affecting on the page than on the screen? Less? Why? Under what circumstances will you accept violence in a book, movie or television show?

I commented:

I find it easier to accept violence in books because my imagination plays into its depiction and pace. If I read that Character X is tortured, my mind can stage what I feel is appropriate to deliver the impact.

I don't accept as much TV and movie violence in part because I'm at the mercy of what the director feels is appropriate. If I don't like what I see, my only option is not to watch, which strikes me as drastic, naive, and ineffective.

I generally accept violence if I believe it's appropriate to the doer's personality.


Peter Rozovsky said...

So you find it easier to accept violence in books because you’re in control? Someone else made a similar comment.

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Gerald So said...

Yes, I saw that. Good discussion as always, Peter.