It is an easy cliché to criticize violence as a part of our collective storytelling—but that is a gross over-simplification.
“I believe that there are two types of violence we encounter as readers, as audience members,” says Cynthia Bond, author of Ruby.
“One exists for the purpose of moving the plot of the story along, to direct the audience to the next highlighted point.
The second type of violence is a kind of documentation. It comes with the belief that some stories cannot be told without walking through a doorway, without witnessing the horror, without breathing in the pain.”