9/11 Fiction


I hate to expose how few readers this blog actually has, but I would like my readers’ opinion. Is it OK to fictionalize or sensationalize 9/11 for entertainment purposes, such as in thriller novels, literary fiction, television shows, and movies? Has enough time passed? Leave a comment!

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Author: Hannah Johnson

When I first came to New York City, I almost ran over Liza Minelli with my suitcase. Then I got a job in book publishing.

4 thoughts on “9/11 Fiction”

  1. This is a tough one. I think it would be depend on the work, tastefulness is a must though. Can you elaborate on the ‘entertainment purposes’?

  2. I am asking if you would be offended if a television show or a book fictionalized 9/11 for the pure entertainment of its audience. Is it too early to use 9/11 as a backdrop for a thriller or drama? Should it be relegated to serious factual study?

  3. It takes an extraordinary writer or filmmaker to create work that lasts around an event that is still as raw as 9/11. Maybe time does matter. Think about M*A*S*H*. The original novel was written in 1968, a full 15 years after the Korean War ended. When the movie came out two years later, and the series two years after that, we were still in Vietnam. Many of the WWII generation found it disrespectful and refused to watch. (Though enough time had passed for them to watch Hogan’s Heroes.) M*A*S*H was hysterically funny. But what made it brilliant was respect for the full impact of war on its characters. Give 9/11 a little more time, and then tell us the story in full.

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