Violence is far from the only type of conflict, and yet so many stories depict it. Especially with movies, it's the rare breed that doesn't include violence. We also know that fictional stories have, on more than one occasion, been blamed for real-life tragedies. Two prominent examples are the Aurora, Colorado shooting which was inspired by The Dark Knight, and the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan which was inspired by the film Taxi Driver. As writers, how do we navigate such a socially complex subject? Do we not let it affect our writing, figuring that bad people will do bad things with or without our inspiration? Do we make the effort to always paint violence in a very real and tragic way? Should we just avoid writing violence entirely? Or, are there other perspectives I'm missing? My work in progress has a moderate amount of violence in it -- in fact, it needs it for the theme. But, although I think it's a very positive theme, I'm beginning to doubt whether it's worth finishing simply because I'm beginning to question how harmless it really is to depict violence so often... Please let me know your thoughts!