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Today is the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I know that not all of you who read are in the U.S., but still, it’s vital that none of us who are decent people forget the scope of disaster that a few, evil people can cause–anywhere in the world. It’s not about religion, it’s not about politics, it’s about the acknowledgment that humans should try to work together, not tear each other apart, even when they disagree.

So, feeling my way to a question here … Terrorists aren’t just movie villains any more. Do real-world catastrophes such as 9/11 (and the bombs in Madrid, and the ones in London, and the war in Darfur, and … really, all the human-driven, mass loss-of-life events) affect what you choose to read? Personally, I used to enjoy reading Tom Clancy, but haven’t been able to stomach his fight-terrorist kinds of books since.

And, does the reality of that kind of heartless, vicious attack–which happen on smaller scales ALL the time–change the way you feel about villains in the books you read? Are they scarier? Or more two-dimensional and cookie-cutter in the face of the things you see on the news?


Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

And also–don’t forget, folks–sometimes WordPress’s spam filter seems to decide that a lot of perfectly valid answers are spam. I periodically check throughout the day for lost comments. But, PLEASE–if your comment doesn’t show, don’t post it four more times in the hopes that one of them will go through. I get very, very tired trying to sort out the duplicates.

77 responses

  1. I’m trying for the second time to do this. I think it’s a terrific question!
    http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/

  2. This is my third try since 3:17 am! I want to post my answer to this terrific question.
    http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/

  3. […] Hello and welcome back to The Book Stacks. It’s time once again for Booking Through Thursday. This week we have a bit of a serious […]

  4. […] is September 11. A day that will never be forgotten. Booking Through Thursday's topic is in deference to the horrible acts of that day: Terrorists aren’t just movie villains […]

  5. why not put up a mister linky…you won’t have to sort then and it would be easier for us to link and to link to others. It is really easy😉

  6. web.me.com/Bluestocking_bb/The_Bluestocking_Guide/Book_Reviews/Entries/2008/9/11_Villiany.html

  7. Got a little more verbose than I expected to, but I’m glad we’re discussing this today. It’s important. I’m up at The Book Lady’s Blog .

  8. Here is my post this week.

  9. My link isn’t working, I’m sorry – let me try again!

    Here.

  10. Such a relevant question for me as I try to stay sane here in China.

    Here’s my rather rambling response – Can you really spot a villain?

    Good night!

  11. I wound up trying to tackle your question, getting emotional, and finding a different way to blog about books today. I’d like to share….

    http://elizabethwillse.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/leaving-paperbacks-on-the-subway/

  12. My first time on BTT. An interesting question for my first Thursday.

    Here’s my short answer:
    http://bookmoochgirl.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/booking-through-thursday-villainy/

  13. Mine is here . Good topic Deb, thanks. I look forward to reading other responses.

  14. Thought provoking question.
    My answer is here.

  15. I rambled more than a bit, but here’s my answer.

  16. Oops, sorry I made a mistake in my html code.

    Mine is here.

  17. Mine is up!! LOve today’s question!

  18. Took me a while to quit crying and write an answer. Here is mine

  19. […] I devoted the Booking Through Thursday question to 9/11 and atrocities everywhere. And I took this picture on the way to work. That […]

  20. Interesting thoughts …. here’s my reply:
    http://bransonreads.blogspot.com/

  21. I didn’t technically answer the question, but I did post about 9/11 today anyway, so …
    http://chappysmom.com/2008/09/11/do-i-need-to-remind-you/

  22. […] 12, 2008  Today’s Booking Through Thursday question has a 9/11 theme: Today is the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade […]

  23. This question was a challenge – here’s my answer.

  24. I did not write a post about this but just wanted to say that it is a good question.

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