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December 11, 2017

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camille minichino

I have always wondered about that, Michael. In books or on tv, we see exactly what you're saying -- a fight between the good guy and the bad guy goes on for a long time -- they're smashed against a wall and bounced off ready to attack again. It's not even good physics.

Also, thank you for your service in keeping the rest of us from ever having to wear kevlar.

Ellen Kirschman

I've watched young cops look like they were eighty after a car wreck or a foot chase. Not to mention the chronic injuries accrued by wearing some 20 lbs of gear around the waist or sitting for hours in a non-ergonomic vehicle seat.

Staci

That's one of my pet peeves, too. Ridiculously fast recovery times seem to be more of a problem in movies (John Wick is a good example), but I see it often in books as well. My mom actually stopped reading an author she enjoyed because the main character always recovered much too fast for reality. Guess that pet peeve runs in the family.

Michael A. Black

I guess that's why my old high school physics teacher used to say, "Physics is fun," Camille. ;-) Actually, Ellen, I weighed myself in full uniform once and found that my equipment was 30 LBS. Groan. I avoided the John Wick movies, Staci, after hearing that the dog got killed in the first act.

Michael A. Black

I guess that's why my old high school physics teacher used to say, "Physics is fun," Camille. ;-) Actually, Ellen, I weighed myself in full uniform once and found that my equipment was 30 LBS. Groan. I avoided the John Wick movies, Staci, after hearing that the dog got killed in the first act.

Ann

I just finished watching "Godless" (which is a pretty interesting Western mini-series on Netflix... could Westerns be coming back?)... and I was very much aware of the "bullet injuries." Most of the time, it seemed like there was just a modest "blotch of blood" to show where the bullet when in. Didn't matter if the character was shot in the leg, in the shoulder, or in the torso. It made me wonder: would there really only be a little blood? Wouldn't getting hit with a bullet from a rifle end up ruining your costume pretty thoroughly?

Margaret Lucke

Thank you for writing intelligently about violence, Michael, not just in this post but in your books. While the creators of certain films, TV shows and books may believe that they are avoiding gratuitous violence by not showing its true consequences, but in a way they are glorifying it. Too often the message can be taken to be "Go ahead, take out your frustrations through violence, it does no real harm."

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