Blood, Guts and Gotcha

Also known as “Violence and double standards” or “Did you hear what you just said?”

smokin_aces.jpg On an escalator in the London Underground the other night, movie posters for Smokin’ Aces were posted every three feet. They had a cool edge, and quotes from reviews in blood-spatter red. We passed “Outrageous violence!” and then “Mayhem!”

I shook my head. “Is this what public entertainment is being reduced to? Ads now actually brag about a film’s gory violence?”

I don’t know whether I sounded more snarky or self-righteous. My husband gave me a look that said You have got to be kidding.

“Tell me again,” he said, “exactly what is the shout line on the front of Kill Chain? ‘Guns, hookers, money…'”

I couldn’t back up fast enough. I mean, hey, I was on an escalator, with my foot now jammed deep in my mouth. “No. ‘Hookers, guns and money.’ Totally different.”

kill_chain.jpeg The escalator dumped us into the Tube station. He walked away laughing.

“And it says, ‘Everybody pays.’ See, that’s narrative. With a moral,” I said.

The moral being, when you write commercial crime fiction, self-righteousness about how it’s marketed is unbecoming and unworthy.

And snark bites back. In atonement, I’m giving it up for Lent.

2 responses to “Blood, Guts and Gotcha

  1. Self deprecation and an ability to laugh at one’s self publicly makes a site that much juicier — and amusing for us all. Good anecdote! And thanks for the smile.

  2. Pingback: Giving up snark for Lent « lying for a living

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