I don't believe you are in the minority as much as you think. "Entertainment" is such an ambiguous word. Jugglers entertained the crowds outside the colosseum, while gladiators fought to the death to entertain those inside. It's a very convenient word. Me, I like a good juggler.
Welcome Ms. Mitnick. I share your view about the excessive graphic violence in some books. A great writer can do so much more with just the suggestion of someone's demise and actually add to the suspense of a story. I'd be please to be your friend.