I decided that this blog should be more than just advertising my world and my writing. So, I’m going to start a series called ‘Elegant Darkness’ where I review and comment on varying books/shows/games that mix what might be considered horror/tragedy, with a certain.. elegance and reality.
A quick checklist has me thinking about Hannibal, American McGee’s Alice, and Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni.
I would like to stress that this is not about rejoicing in other’s pain. It’s quite the opposite, it’s seeing the horror and understanding it as a reality, through a fictional story. It gives you that two-steps-back place of safety where you know it isn’t real, and yet the reactions of those involved are real. It’s not “Oh, awesome, that bus just exploded!” it’s.. “Oh my God, that bus just exploded.” (And maybe being able to appreciate, upon second viewing, the fact that the smoke coming from the bus was made to resemble skulls).Example: Dumbledore’s death. Severus Snape taking the responsibility away from a boy far too young to understand and deal with being a murderer, thereby becoming a public outcast and a hated man by most everyone (in story and readers), and yet it was all the will of the deceased. That moment where Dumbledore not only approves of, but begs, Snape to do as he had promised he would. It’s a horrible scenario all around, but also very well planned and written.