So I was watching TV recently as I often do, and something struck me about a particular plot twist of sorts that they introduced in the season finale. I won't go into detail of what the twist was to avoid spoiling anyone who may not have seen the show which I will mention was Fringe. The scene takes place in New York and involves a tragedy of sorts. Anyway, seeing this "twist" gave me pause to think about tragedies in many of the different films/television shows. I'm not necessarily talking about disaster films or things of that nature, but there are such films as Hotel Rwanda, Flight 93, World Trade Center, Elephant, and Home Room (those last two involving a school shooting). It got me thinking about the idea of tragedies that reflect real life and writing about them. When writing, is it best to avoid subjects like that? Or is it possible to do them properly and actually help people? Have you or would you ever write about such subjects and how would you if you did?