“But this is just a work of fiction. It doesn’t hurt anyone.”
I think what I’ve finally grown tired of is the idea that any media doesn’t affect people. Art of any kind – and in most intellectual circles, even the most atrocious literature is grudgingly given the label of “art” – is by its very nature intended to elicit a reaction in people. And we all have our favorites - paintings or sculptures or novels or movies that stir something deep inside us so powerfully that it stays with us and changes us irrevocably.
But, what of all the art that doesn’t evoke such a strong reaction?