Let’s Get Down To The Nitty Gritty

Why are we so fascinated by human DARKNESS?

When the bad guy’s crooked philosophy suddenly seems made of common sense. When good characters step over that invisible line. When civilized societies go stark raving mad at the prospect of losing the simplest creature comfort.

Why do we revel in the opportunities to observe such behavior? Analyze it? Read it? Write it?

Tell me what you think. I’m listening.


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7 Responses to Let’s Get Down To The Nitty Gritty

  1. Rio says:

    Well, sometimes we like to be scared. I hate horror and yet I love it! I like to laugh after a good start and have found it to be a bounding experience, a shared scare followed by a good laugh is the best fun.

    But I don’t like the way some people take it so seriously and even “go there” religiously. It becomes an illness and a trap for them, an addiction. Oddly, those who believe in a dualistic universe of light vs. dark, regardless of whether they choose Light over Dark display the same sort of symptoms, including unfortunate fashion choices. **shudder** That said, black is easier to co-ordinate with accessories and looks better with my complexion. 🙂

    Whenever the words “hate” or “love” are overused by someone I tend to back away unless it’s in the context of fannishness. Fandom and fiction are fun (say that fast three times!) But even fun, when it stops being a stress reliever and becomes a stress cause can be a big mistake. You are getting something seriously wrong if you start obsessing. That is not to say fantasy it can’t be done really well and even lead to realizations that open up understanding of your RL. But if you are setting the table for “the Dark Lord” or “Hans Solo” every night or for Jesus or Lucifer, well, get yourself checked!

    Cause lets face it, how terrible a force can darkness be if you just have to find a light switch to end it?

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  2. This is such a vast subject, with no singular answer for everyone. I hope to participate in the contest, but for now I will just offer a quote by Barry Champlain (Eric Bogosian) in the film “Talk Radio”: “You’re fascinated by the gory details! You’re mesmerized by your own fear. You reveal in floods, car accidents, unstoppable diseases, you’re happiest when others are in pain. That’s where I come in it isn’t? I’m here to lead you by the hand through the dark forest of your own hatred, and anger and humiliation.”

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  3. t.s.wright says:

    I took my dad to the movies many years ago to see a pre-release of the movie Heat with Al Pacino and Robert Deniro. We were fans of both actors and from the trailers we knew that in Heat they were pitted against each other on opposite sides of the line between right and wrong. That was the first movie I ever recall being on the criminal’s side. It wasn’t because I prefered one actor over the other, but because the creators did a flip flop with the standard roles. Pacino played a bad cop and Deniro played a good gangster.
    After that movie, it seemed like everyone was rushing to make movies about loveable bad guys. Then there came The Sopranos, Dexter, and Breaking Bad. I think part of the reason this works in entertainment is because good guys are rarely all good. They fall from grace all the time in the real world. Just like the black hats have mommas they love and eloquently written backstories to roll their murderous rage back to schoolyard bullies, black eyes from bad fathers, and a traumatic moment in a shipping container full of blood.
    Mostly I think the black and white/ good guy, bad guy scenario was played out.

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