Wow, thanks for all the input! I guess it could be common to some guys, as well as possibly make a survivor think, "Well, at least someone had it worse than me" when he sees a truly horrific movie. It could be kind of cathartic (sp.?) in that way.
I know that I have read some true crime in my day, but I always needed a breather after a while and needed something more upbeat and light. Needed to take a break from it now and then.
I know when I read other books, I usually migrate to ones that are interesting to me because of the author having similar views as me, or similar experiences, or someone I feel I can identify with. "We read to know we're not alone" is a quote that comes to mind here. So maybe, just maybe, sometimes my H feels less alone if he is watching something horrific happening to someone else.....or maybe the movie just expresses his anger for him so he can leave HIS stuffed way down... Or maybe he gets to revel in wishful thinking if the hurting character is getting well-deserved revenge.
All of you have given me some food for thought, so thanks.
Edited by Brokenhearted (01/23/08 05:03 AM)
It were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.