Today is the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Do real-world catastrophes 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.Great question. Someone's been reading my mind!
And, does the reality of that kind of heartless, vicious attack 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 was in school; it was my planning period, and I was going to the restroom. A colleague stopped me and told me. I felt it MUST have been an accident. When I returned to my classroom, I turned on the TV and saw the second plane crash into the building. ((shudder))
The answer to today's question is yes! Yes, 9/11 changed the way I react to media, and yes, I choose to not read dark, scary stories, not to attend movies with violent themes, and not to view gory television programs. I even avoid newspaper articles about the evil in society! LOL Sometimes, I go through the paper rather quickly! I too was a Tom Clancy fan, but no longer read him.
Note please the name of this blog. I believe that we must laugh, smile, and enjoy the good things that God has given us.
Therefore, my favorite reading material would be something that enriches the mind--teaches, provokes some thought, or causes me to laugh out loud. I like to escape when I read. I want sugar candy for the brain!
PS I just realized that I have read at least two titles about 9/11: One Tuesday Morning and Beyond Tuesday Morning by Kingsbury.
Did 9/11 change your reading preferences?