Let’s Talk About Violence
This has been an interesting discussion but I’d like to steer it in a slightly different direction now. Let’s talk about violence in fiction. We all have read books where the author went way overboard on the violence, making it either grotesque or just plain hokey. The challenge for any writer is to describe enough that the reader gets the point and remains connected to the story, but not so much that he/she disconnects out of disgust. I could ask the question “how much is too much” but it’s been asked umpteen times and there really is no concrete answer. It all depends on the writer and how well he/she describes the event and the reader and how well he/she handles violence being described.
My question is more specific to violence against women and how men and women readers respond to it. I know some female readers who just abhor reading about violence against women. They think it has no place in Christian fiction (isn’t there enough portrayed in movies, TV, etc. already?). And yet other women think it does have a place. After all, isn’t art supposed to mimic life? And, let’s face it, sadly there is violence against women in the real world.
Ladies, how do you feel when you read an act of violence being carried out against a woman?
Men, how do you feel when you read it?
I can tell you as an author I have a hard time writing violence against women. My books include it but it is difficult for me. Whether it’s warranted or not, I write it with a certain sense of guilt. Maybe it’s because I know it’s been flashed up on too many screens and ignored in society for too long and I somehow feel I’m feeding into it. I don’t know.
What do you think?