Yesterday, between bouts of my annual laundry sorting fest (path to back door excavated!), I stumbled across a facebook post by a friend which turned deeply personal and really got me thinking. In it, a few people shared personal tragedies that had befallen them — and they were, indeed, heartbreaking events — and one spoke of how, once you have experienced personal tragedy of your own, you will never see it as “entertainment” again. This person referenced all the popular crime shows on TV ( I added in all the crime fiction books in my head) and, rather rightly, sounded a bit angry or, perhaps, disgusted by the fascination America has with crime-based popular culture.
I can understand completely why someone would feel this way. The thing is — it never occurred to me that this is why people read crime fiction books or watch crime shows. It’s odd. I always just assumed that people watch for the same reason I do — because all that news coming at me about real-life tragedy and crime is pretty scary and I need to watch crimes unfolding that are actually going to be solved, and justice applied, and reasons provided for why it happened. These books and shows are an antidote to the randomness of real life for me. But I am curious to know what you, and others, think about why crime shows are so popular these days, and crime fiction as well.
Free copy of “Bad Moon on the Rise” bestowed on the person who offers the most perceptice reference to “In Cold Blood” during this discussion!