Just where do you draw the line?
If you’ve even briefly glanced at my blog, you’ll come to the conclusion that I enjoy the genre of horror quite a bit. I’ve always been a fan to some extent, ever since I was sat down as a child to watch the Alien films, as well as the old school zombie movies such as Dawn of the Dead. My parents sure had no qualms about exposing me to the wonderful yet frightening world of on-screen monsters.
This year, however, the literature aspect really took hold; I found myself wanting to read more and more horrifying tales. The atmosphere, the characters, and the oftentimes bloody and brutal events just became increasingly thrilling. But after every book I complete, there’s a wonder of; is it possible an author can take it too far? And more importantly; what do I consider as too far?
Like many of my fellow horror fans, I like shocking and perhaps even exaggerated incidents happening to the poor protagonists whilst they struggle for their lives. It’s even better when the storytelling itself has quality to it, but throw in some ghastly, heinous acts and I’m there. The worse it is, the more “out there”, the more I enjoy it. Over the months I’ve came across some extremely graphic scenes throughout my book travels. I’ve witnessed a disembodied penis sneak its way into someone’s body, and kill them from the inside, a man forcing his entire head into a woman, and a woman shoving the remains of a dead child into her va-… You get the point. Some, more than others, are uncomfortable to get through, but I wouldn’t consider my personal boundary crossed… Well, the dead child thing did come close!
My genuine interest lies in the larger community, and that means you. I want to know if you’ve ever read anything you couldn’t handle, or if in your mind you have clear cut limits. Have you ever avoided a book before because of such? Do you think it’s even possible for a writer to take it too far?
The shock factor is certainly a tool, but when does it become detrimental?
I appreciate anyone taking the time to read this little post. It’s a bit different from the usual, but I’m very interested in the conversation this topic creates!
All the best to you!