I was sorting through my bookshelves today and noticed that I had quite a few terrorist thrillers.
That is, books like The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth, Black Sunday by Thomas Harris, The Fifth Horseman by Larry Collins and Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy.
I'm wondering how other people feel. Do you still read those books? Or do you feel uncomfortable with them in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks?
Personally, I'd still be open to reading them, because I recognize the disconnect between fiction and reality, and I've never felt that I take a gratuitous pleasure in destruction or death. I'm more into the adventure aspect of those books.
I would guess there'd be a range of responses. Some people might give up on the genre entirely; others might continue to read but feel guilty about enjoying it; still others might only read their old thrillers, not newly published ones.
How about you?