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Booking Through Thursday (9.11.08): Villainy

September 11, 2008





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?

Answer: The answer to the first question (do terrorist and other attacks change what I read) is no. I think its actually pulled me in to read more about it, may it be fiction or nonfiction. I really like learning about what happened and why and try to grasp every detail, to put myself in their shoes, and to never ever forget. Villains in the books I read aren’t normally like terrorist or killers, the villains in the books I read are more the bitchy and mean and who always say something nasty to put a character down to make themselves feel more powerful. I don’t normally read characters that are murderers or stuff like that, although I may once in a while. But the ones I have read are scary no doubt (I’m reminded of the Heather Wells Mysteries Series) and sometimes don’t let me sleep as hurriedly as possible (makes me remember reading it in the 8th grade and not being able to fall asleep fast because I was scared Heather Wells was going to be killed). Still I think the important answer here is that due to 9/11 and other tragedies I am more pulled toward learning about the subject. 

As always, I pay my respect on this day to the victims and their families on this 11th of September. May nothing like this ever occur again. 

What are your thoughts? What were you doing on 9/11/01? Do attacks like that make you stop reading certain books because it just is of a touchy matter? Tell me in the comments. 

-Meme: Booking Through Thursday