I follow Nathan Bransford's Blog which is always informative and interesting. Today's post asks, among other things, "What is Dark?" The responses were far more varied than I had anticipated. Below is my response. I'm wondering how you would respond? Do any of you avoid reading something that is referred to as "dark"? If so, why? What is it that you anticipate or dread?
Re: What is Dark?by Transitoria » Dec 17th, '10, 19:55 My novel, MAN OF THE HOUSE, is dark. It's a story of a dark time (the Bosnian War) and the people who populate it. Their acts (for the most part) are dark, violent and oftentimes, disturbing because their actions are based on events that did happen. No thing, no where is darker or more violent than the human being who declares he is fighting for a religious cause. That said, if the entire novel were dark without pinholes of hope, the reader would become desensitized to even the cruelest of actions and become bored. Yes, bored. And a bored reader is one who puts down your book in favor of another that will hold his attention. Death without life, destruction without renewal, and despair without hope becomes passé. Darkness without light to provide contrast becomes nothing more than shades of gray, but the darkness that follows a glimmer of light is truly the pitchest of black.