Most evenings after supper dishes are done, will find me at my desk working on one handiwork project or another. My computer is my source of entertainment. I don't own a TV. I got rid of mine when I realized I hadn't found anything I cared to watch for over 6 months. Sometimes I will find a movie on YouTube. Sometimes I listen to music on Pandora. Then I discovered YouTube had audio books. Many of the offerings were newer publications. And that's when I realized how much our society has changed.
Most of the books on my Kindle were gleaned from the Project Gutenberg website, where books can be downloaded in several formats, all for free. They are mostly books that are out of copyright, so their publication dates range from the mid 1800's to around the 1930's or so. My taste runs mostly to mysteries, but I have others like Dickens, Mark Twain and other authors of the era.
Upon browsing the audio books on YouTube, I found some of the older books, but also found many newer mysteries. So I decided to try them out. What I found was that while the older mysteries had great stories to tell, the newer ones seem to be written more for shock value than for the stories.
Nearly every mystery contains a murder, and then the hero goes about finding clues to identify and ultimately capture the murderer. The older mysteries follow a story line with a colorful cast of characters and various clues that lead to a conclusion in the last chapter and the mystery is solved often on the last couple of pages.
The newer books seem to lean toward graphically describing every torture, often prolonged, that the victim endures before having their life viciously ended by the murderer. And often the bad guy is a serial killer so we can relive these tortures through several victims before he is caught by hard hitting, hard drinking detectives who aren't much better than the bad guy.
I realize that bad things happened during the times the older novels were written. And sometimes those things are the subject of books. But most of those authors didn't feel the need to rub our noses in every bloody, gory detail like they do now.
I read for pleasure. I read to escape the horrors of the day. If I want nightmares, all I need do is watch the news.
Me...I'll take Agatha Christie's novels any day.
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