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Subject: Too Much Fighting?
Date Posted: 5/6/2010 4:31 PM ET
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I'm a hard-core thriller fan----loving Lee Child, David Rollins, James Rollins, John Sandford, and a long list of others.

But it seems in many of those books lately there are long, long, long---and detailed---fight scenes. The authors seem to decribe them punch by punch and breath by breath, for 3-4 pages. But reading about a fight just doesn't get it for me. I know this type of books will have fights, it's a true part of the characters and plot. And in a movie, of course there are fights. Fights are expected, and I have no problem with that.

But reading such long, detailed descriptions of a fight scene just bores me. I start thinking the writer is trying to fill space.

Has anyone else noticed this trend?

Date Posted: 5/6/2010 5:02 PM ET
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I agree, Betty, and that's what I call it - "filler". It's like some of the long drawn out battle scenes in some of the HF books. Now, maybe some of the men like this stuff - I have no idea since my DH is not a reader. This is one of the reasons that I gravitate toward the foreign authors. They seem to be more interested in creating a  STORY, you know, about people, places etc as well as the mystery! I don't mind a little blood and guts, suspense and what not, but we don't really need ALL the detail that seems to be coming our way lately - and that is especially true in movies!

Date Posted: 5/6/2010 6:26 PM ET
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I'm also a thriller fan--and couldn't agree with you more Betty!  I really enjoy this genre--but feel a lot of the fight scenes could be shortened up quite a bit and still get the point across.

Date Posted: 5/6/2010 6:45 PM ET
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I skim those parts...blush

Date Posted: 5/6/2010 7:37 PM ET
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I'm sittin' with Melani.  I skim those parts too.

Date Posted: 5/6/2010 7:56 PM ET
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I tend to think of them as being like some of the love scenes in romances.  While it advances the plot to know it happened, and some of the better details  (16 inches!  Eyes gouged out!) are good to know, I think an awful lot of it is either filler, or the author indulging him/herself.



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Date Posted: 5/6/2010 11:42 PM ET
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Ditto...fight scene skimmer here, too. Can you imagine how slo-mo it would have to be shown in a movie if it were dragged out like that? Yawn! LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/8/2010 11:17 AM ET
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16 inches?!!  Uh....What's the name of that book, Sharon?  Just for curiosity's sake, ya' know -  just want to be an fully informed reader and all.....

Date Posted: 5/8/2010 4:28 PM ET
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What?  You mean you'd rather know that than know who's eyes got gouged out?  And not by the aforementioned overendowment I might add.

Date Posted: 5/9/2010 1:28 PM ET
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OH!  My eyes!!  (talk about gouging out of the eyes) The visual is frightening!  Last nite as hubby and I were drifting off, I got a giggle going on about your comment and he wanted to know what I was giggling about.  I said "oh, nothing" because to tell him the truth would have gone something like, "Well...Catspaw on my book board was talking about, um, let me put it this way, we were saying on the message boards about eye gouging and 16 inch...oh, nevermind."

Ya' never did tell me the name of the book....I'm just sayin'.  The eye gouging one, I mean.

Date Posted: 5/9/2010 2:02 PM ET
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Sorry - just my over the top exemplar!    Inspired by one too many editors who let gems like "Balled her eyes out" into print.

Have to say that I love that there's a smiley that seems custom made for this post!   crying