Murder Most Interesting

Murder is the most heinous of crimes, the greatest of sins, the epitome of evil…and it fascinates us.

As a writer, I am keenly interested in how storytellers kill people. I read Suzanne Collins’, The Hunger Games, and saw the movie. There’s a lot of murder in it, done YA style.

My favorite is death by killer wasps. It’s a wonderfully clean a way of killing people. The heroine doesn’t get blood on her hands, and the bad guys look ugly when they die. She’s a feisty sixteen year old doing what she has to do to survive.  She’s been cornered (well, actually treed) and we cheer her on when she drops a nest of killer wasps on her opponents.

We don’t  see her as violent or evil.

The insects do her dirty work. We know  she’s behind it, but we don’t blame her. We admire her survival skills. We love her spunk.

What a clean way to do a dirty deed. Brilliant writing by Suzanne Collins.

She allows us to relate to the struggling heroine, even in the act of murder.

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

6 thoughts on “Murder Most Interesting”

  1. What a great idea for a blog post. We don’t see so many “clean” murders. Today’s movies and stories often focus on bloody corpses, and the bloodier the better. Kudos to Collins for coming up with diverse ways to get the deed done without alienating the audience.


    1. Gabriella
      I agree with you. I cringe my way through bloody scenes. Diversity is good.
      Thanks for coming by and commenting.


  2. I have neither read the book nor seen the movie, nor do I plan to. It reminds me too much of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies from college. A dreadful book! (Yes, I realize it’s a classic), but I didn’t like it and for precisely the same reason I’m not gong to read or see Hunger Games–young people acting like barbarians.
    Now having said all that, it strikes me that the girl in Hunger Games is not a villian as many of us write. Because she’s not (if that’s the case), it was very important for the author to find a way for the girl to kill in a way that wouldn’t put off the audience. It appears she’s done that. I’m a big fan of Bones–now in that show and in the books, the bad guys find some really grisley way to kill and dispose of bodies.
    Thanks for post, Jo-Ann. As always though provoking.


    1. Hi Marsha
      I followed the Bones series for years and thoroughly enjoyed the stories (more so the books than the TV show). I like Kathy Reich’s characters and her intriguing plots, but I have to admit I get squeamish in the messy parts.
      The Hunger Games is about young people thrown into an arena where they must fight for their survival (to entertain the masses and keep them living in fear), but it’s not like Lord of the Flies. I definitely like it better, and can see why it’s becoming such a phenomena.
      And, I love watching how storytellers deal with murder.
      Thanks for coming by and commenting.


  3. I’m fascinated by true crime and the thought processes behind those who kill. I’m not a Hunger Games fan, but this is a really interesting example of someone who isn’t a bad guy but must do bad things to survive. Those are wonderful characters to read and write about.

    Great post!


    1. Stacy
      I agree. You gotta love those characters, but it’s so hard to pull off their innocence when they commit crime. Collins does it well.
      Thanks for coming by and commenting.


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