Having just read Sarah Kane's Blasted, arguably the most shocking work of the 20th century, I've been thinking a lot about what it means to shock (with regards to writing), and the reasons behind deliberately shocking an audience/a reader. So, before I get carried away, I was just wondering: 1. What is the most shocking book/play/poem/movie you have seen/read? 2. What made it so shocking? and 3. What, if any, was the purpose the author had in mind? I think shock makes for an interesting discussion--hopefully a variety of answers will help us have one.