From Booking Through Thursday:
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 have to say it has not affected my reading at all. I suppose I compartmentalise and so I’m very aware of separating real life from the fiction that I read. I certainly do not find villains more scarier in books as yet again to me they are completely separate from the real life events. In real life I am certainly more paranoid about what’s happening around the world and one might think that because this is so that reading a certain type of book could trigger some fears, but so far this has not been the case.
My thoughts go out to all that have been affected by the terrible events that have happened in the world.