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    Style What is a suitable level of gorey imagery in young adult fiction?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Flashfire07, May 23, 2014.

    Hello all, I have recently begun writing a horror/action story aimed at a teenage audience (13-16 in particular). This story revolves around a parasitic infestation that mutates the host and the actions of a superhero group to combat it. The trouble is I have never once written for this kind of audience and am at a loss as to how much gore and bloodshed is appropriate. So I have decided to seek advice from this community. So... how gorey should my gore be? How much is too much for the target audience?
     
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    In my experience, Darren Shan's Demonata series has an incredible amount of gore in it, and it does pretty well! I guess it depends on what sort of audience you want :) In book one of Demonata the main characters whole family are gruesomely murdered by demons.

    Book one is called Lord Loss if you fancy checking it out to see what I mean.
     
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    Keep in mind this is the age where slasher films and intestine eating zombies are very popular. ;)
     
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    Depends on what sort of theme you're going for. It's always good to have violence/gore as a tool of story telling and not just trying to appeal to people. Is the level of gore a reflection of the world or character? That sort of thinking makes gore interesting beyond ACTION, BLOOD, EXCITEMENT!! ;)
     

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