Monday, June 9, 2014
I Killed A Dog...
My friend, Elyse Salpeter, has written a great novel with some extremely intense scenes. In the first few pages of "The Hunt for Xanadu" (available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H6TM1MI/) she puts a pack of guard dogs to sleep by drugging except for one which doesn't eat the tasty treat. She has to dispense the vicious dog with a strike to its throat - killing it.
Surprisingly, she's been called on it via emails and reviews.
Nobody seems upset about the fact that she kills umpteen humans during the story - all in various modes of mayhem from death by martial arts to ... well, read the book to find out the other methods.
She killed a dog! The reader is upset by killing an animal but not a human.
Are we that jaded we think nothing about taking another human's life?
Her book is not the only one where an animal has been killed and readers were revolted by reading that fact. There are several other books that have been published over the years where animals are cruelly killed in the story and readers are up in arms about the act.
Let me put it this way... IT'S A BOOK! IT'S FICTION! IT'S NOT REAL!
I read a novel about a group of men, okay, bad men, who were struggling to stay alive in the jungles of India. They killed a tiger - a simple tiger going about its business and not attacking them. My first question was why they did that THEN I wondered why the author even added it to the story. Perhaps for flavor to remind the reader that they were in India. Still, it seemed useless. When this group of men stumbled onto a small native village, they caused all sorts of mayhem and destruction, killing the old men, the women and children. The young men of the village were out on a hunt. Again, the reason for all the deaths, to protect the bad guys from being discovered. Not exactly sure of the mindset that says if we kill everyone, nobody will know we were here, but...
Consider several of our Western genre tales where the buffalo and Native Americans were killed.
Again, these are stories, tales of wonder to entertain the reader. None of it is real.
In my book I killed a dog...
Not really. My imaginary character killed an imaginary animal. In the real world, nothing had changed.
If you're going to get upset over the killing of a dog in a book, you'd best be getting upset over the death of any humans, too.
Just to make sure everyone understands -- fiction books are tales of the imagination - NOT REAL!
Please Note: No animals OR humans were harmed or killed in the writing of this blog entry.
Until next I ramble on...