Granted, there are some children for whom violence on TV is as real and frightening as seeing it in person – heck, Craig (my fiancé) doesn’t have a restful sleep if he watches a thriller right before bed – but for many of us, violence for entertainment’s sake helps us explore that darker side of our psyche in a safe, vicarious manner.
I myself am a pretty mild mannered person. Were you to meet me on the street, I'm betting you would never guess that I enjoy James Patterson's books. Or that - while I'm not a fan of most horror movies - I watched the first five Freddy Krueger movies, and enjoyed them.
So the question is, do mystery writers seem drawn to violence more than other people? Is violence more acceptable when it's part of the news or a nature show, rather than a movie or book?