Friday, April 26, 2013

V is for Vengeance

Last year was my first crack at the A-Z Blogging Challenge, a blogging phenomenon created by the amazing Arlee Bird. The object is to blog every day of the month of April (except Sundays), and to increase the challenge (if you want), to blog thematically from A to Z. No sweat, right? Last year, I blogged about music with Jessica Bell. This year, I'm heading back to my roots and blogging about all things thriller. Join me?
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As a firm believer in Karma, the concept of vengeance - at least in real life - is both compelling and disturbing. But as a literary tool, particularly with thriller fiction, I understand its role. In fact, I'm often drawn to stories about it.

One of the surprise TV show discoveries of the last year for me was Revenge. If you haven't seen it, the title pretty much sums it up - but it's well done in that it demonstrates some of the consequences of revenge.

Of course, the vengeance theme has been around for billions of years, and even when the story is not centralized around it, there are often elements of vengeance and revenge throughout. Consider these great books, movies and TV shows:  Romeo and Juliet (or pretty much any Shakespearean tale), The Count of Monte Cristo, V is for Vendetta, 24, Game of Thrones, and True Blood. 

Vengeance was actually a central theme of my first thriller, Absolution - though some of that has been edited out in the re-work.

Got a favorite book, TV show or movie about vengeance? Share!

- Dawn

PS - Blogging about vengeance was just another excuse for me to share a picture of Jack Bauer, one of my favorite TV characters, played by one of my favorite actors - Kiefer Sutherland. Kiefer has been a muse avatar countless times.

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