Random: Are Disturbing Stories Good?

Warning: We’ll be discussing a few sensitive subjects here so beware before continuing!

Today I’m going to be talking about a few stories I found disturbing. I’m not saying books, as one of these is actually a movie! Those stories are Gone Girl and Nocturnal Animals.

So how did this idea coming about? Well I was sat in the cinema last night watching Nocturnal Animals, it occurred to me that a disturbing story doesn’t make a bad movie – even if you don’t particularly enjoy some parts.

Let’s begin by talking about Nocturnal Animals for a second. This movie I felt really contradicted itself. It followed an amazing, complex plot with characters I felt sympathetic towards – but it also had some very disturbing scenes that made me never want to watch it again. Yes, it graphically described murder, rape and even showed a nightmare blurred-out rape scene.

But does that make it a bad movie? No! Just because I found some scenes uncomfortable – it had all the building blocks that made it a great movie. I’ll list them below!

  • The acting was amazing! You can’t have a good movie without good acting – and the acting in this honestly blew me away.
  • The plot was so complex – but easily understandable.
  • The main characters were easy to feel sympathetic towards and relate to.
  • The music was well picked, the dialogue was good and the camera work was great.

But overall, there’s one main thing that stood out.

  • I felt everything. And I really mean everything! My heart was pounding at some times, my eyes almost streaming at others. I really felt everything that happened in this movie, because I felt sympathetic towards the characters and what happened to them.

But then we go to the other end of the spectrum, Gone Girl. I really, really didn’t like this book. And at the time, I might have thought I didn’t like it because of the disturbing scenes…but I think it’s different to that.

  • I didn’t like the characters. I honestly couldn’t care less what happened to them.

So we found the key! A story isn’t bad because it’s disturbing – there’s so many other factors.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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8 thoughts on “Random: Are Disturbing Stories Good?

  1. I agree! I don’t think that having disturbing content automatically makes a book/movie/etc. bad. I think it depends more on how the story is written/presented than it is about whether or not it has disturbing content. You can have a story that deals with really tough content and makes you feel uncomfortable but that uses it or presents it in a way that’s really interesting and makes a good story. 🙂

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