Funny how that one word gets your attention, isn't it?
I'm not sure whether this has already been covered here and I've somehow missed it, but I've had violence much on my mind lately (no, no exes/parents/IRS auditors/coworkers/bosses/editors out there who need fear for their safety, nothing like that. I'm talking about the literary variety). I'm curious what the denizens of Crimespace, both writers and readers, have to say about violence in print.
I'm asking because I've read books within the last year that had violence that was so unrealistic I didn't think one could actually see it outside of a videogame, and this sort of thing made me stop reading. I've been in enough fights myself (none recently) to know that it hurts to get hit, and it can incapacitate you for a few days afterward. I also know that they tend to be short.
An email exchange with a friend I made here gave me the germ of the idea for this discussion, especially since I've been trying to keep the action going strong in my own work, and violence was a fact of life during the 19th century (my book is set in Washington, D.C., circa 1844). So I'd like your thoughts on violence; both what will keep the pages turning for you and what would cause you to stop reading.
I realize that there can often be a thin line between the two extremes.
All the Best-