Booking Through Thursday: Villainy

Today is the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I know that not all of you who read are in the U.S., but still, it’s vital that none of us who are decent people forget the scope of disaster that a few, evil people can cause–anywhere in the world. It’s not about religion, it’s not about politics, it’s about the acknowledgment that humans should try to work together, not tear each other apart, even when they disagree.

So, feeling my way to a question here … Terrorists aren’t just movie villains any more. Do real-world catastrophes such as 9/11 (and the bombs in Madrid, and the ones in London, and the war in Darfur, and … really, all the human-driven, mass loss-of-life events) affect what you choose to read? Personally, I used to enjoy reading Tom Clancy, but haven’t been able to stomach his fight-terrorist kinds of books since.

And, does the reality of that kind of heartless, vicious attack–which happen on smaller scales ALL the time–change the way you feel about villains in the books you read? Are they scarier? Or more two-dimensional and cookie-cutter in the face of the things you see on the news?

I don’t read espionage books or any book involving terrorists, crime, catastrophes, and real-world issues. I read for enjoyment and escape, so I take pleasure from books that are not too heavy and similar to the world I live in. I am aware of what is going on in my country and in the world, but I want to keep my reading separate from that. All the crime, the hatred, the violence…they are just too much for me to take, so I choose not to read books that involve those things.

Therefore, my answer is no.

(Excellent question, though. I agree that it is important not to forget the scope of the disaster no matter where we are in the world. And well said…”It’s not about religion, it’s not about politics, it’s about the acknowledgment that humans should try to work together, not tear each other apart, even when they disagree.”)

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2 Responses

  1. Welcome to BTT! I’m finding myself in the same camp these days, I can’t live it and breathe it, I need some escape.
    Terri

  2. Your answer is much like mine, but I see it as a Yes. Check it out.

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