1. notleia says:

    Insert joke about you getting oldddddd.

    Then again I’m secretly a grandma trapped inside a 20-something body, with my cats and my yarn and my library books that are trash boiler mysteries and nonfiction on the history of textiles.

    I think the science behind it is that we just need less stimulus after our brains calm the heck down from their young junkie years that need ALL the novelty and ALL the stimulation.

  2. I’ve tended to be able to handle a pretty decent amount of violence/death in stories, which has been uncomfortable for me sometimes since my family has a much lower tolerance level.

    There are things that make me uncomfortable, though. Sweeny Todd kinda got to me a bit. It seems that the nature of the violence and the way it’s depicted ends up mattering to me. My favorite show is Fate Zero, which is very dark and tragic, and the blood is kinda stylized to be ghastly. But it’s different than in the average horror show. In a lot of ways, it aids the tragic nature of the anime, and, to me, impresses upon the audience that people DIED and that it’s AWFUL, and thus respects death far more than the average story. Sometimes that seems better than the average kid’s show, where the good guys mow down tons of villains without it ever mattering much. Obviously a kid shouldn’t watch Fate Zero, but for a discerning adult, Fate Zero is amazing and deep.

    And then when I write, I have a reason for the violence to be there: to show exactly how bad a situation is. Why two chars or even species have a hard time forgiving each other, or why a character is traumatized or grieving like crazy, things like that. So it’s not just there for cheap thrills, it’s there to explain the reality of situations and deepen the story. It’s kind of like the Bible to an extent. There’s some pretty ghastly situations in there, and since people had a chance of encountering such things every day in those times, they were probably plenty willing to discuss them.

What do you think?