I have just found this blog where the Blogger is a published author and apparently has a whole lot of books published in different genres. But this guy talks sense and I read my way through the whole blog. A few gems of wisdom surfaced, one of which is pertaining to this forum. So.. these are the Blogger's words - and I agree wholeheartedly: "Of course your characters may suffer physical pain depending on the events of the story, but that should be the least of their problems. Cut my arm off, I'll hurt. Cut off the arm of someone I love as I watch, I'll hurt more. Make me cut off the arm of someone I love, I'll be devastated. Make me need to cut off that arm, want to, love to, beg to, and I'll be plunged into a nightmare of insanity from which I will never escape."