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Behind The Blog #30 – M is for…


Behind the Blog is a meme to help bloggers connect their life and interests to the content showcased on their blog. The co-hosts, Faye, Kathe, and Melissa will provide a different topic, idea, or question every week that bloggers can relate to themselves and the books, films, or other media they find interesting!

While many may never experience crime first hand, it is something that is constantly in society as many feel that rules and regulations are simply there to be broken. This week we do not wish you to admit to your crimes, or even crimes of people you know, but simply your views on crime in general. Or, if you prefer, could you imagine how you would react if a) you were to find a body. b) you were kidnapped or c) you had a gun pointed at your head.
In relation to media, what books and films do you know that reflect crime in an interesting way or what are your favourite crime stories?

There were so many ideas running around my head for this post but now that it comes down to actually writing it, I’m struggling to remember what any of them were. So, instead, I’ve decided to take head of one of my own prompts from up there and talk about b) if you were kidnapped.

Technically speaking, being kidnapped is one of those things that I fear the most – you know, alongside actual death. It is the reason I walk faster at night, and practically run down dark alleyways. It is the reason I usually walk with my hand tightly clenched around my mobile (cell) phone when I’m alone in the dark as well. It is also why I am always very wary of taxi’s and will never get one on my own if I can help it. The area I live in has never physically given me any need to feel threatened or alarmed, but those worries and anxieties are there anyway. Though somehow they disappear whenever I’m with people I know.

So for me, imagining how I’d react if I was kidnapped has always been on the forefront of my mind. I know I’d panic to begin with, probably freeze and not be able to do anything. But then, I’d hope, somehow, my fight or flight instinct would kick in and I would do everything I could think of to get away. I do not want to be the kind of girl in the story who doesn’t do anything but just obliges. I would kick, scream, stomp, cut, bash, scratch… anything I could possibly think of to try and get away.

But really, I’m not so sure I would. As much bravado as I can say I possess, I am still that girl who runs down alleyways at night. I panic a lot and would probably just end up crying and cursing my life for all entirety but would be too scared to actually do anything to save myself. I wish it weren’t so but there’s no denying my scaredy-cat-ness.

Of course, if it was someone I knew who had been kidnapped, I would do everything I could to save them, or if someone had been kidnapped with me then I would take on the role of protector and do all the things I would never have bothered if it was just my life in the balance. Or at least, I would hope that, that is what I would do because I adore my friends and family more than I adore my own life.

Crime fiction is one of my favourite genres to read. I love the way that it pulls you in and can keep you on your toes with amazing suspense and mystery! I haven’t read many crime novels lately, but there is no denying that I enjoy reading them when I do.

Some authors who write within the genre that I love include;

Linwood Barclay
Joelle Charbonneau
Mary Higgins Clark
Lane Diamond
Agatha Christie

There are many more but it’s late while I write this – it’s been a long day – and so my brain has gone into dead zone! If I think of anymore though, I’ll make sure to update the list.

What crime novels do you enjoy? Do you have any recommendations for me?

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