So, a discussion spun off from a discussion in nialla42
's LJ. (Cuz we didn't want to take over Nialla's LJ. ;-) We started out talking about parents, kids and online stuff and wound up talking about horror movies. I made this comment in response to gategrrl
saying she found slasher films too intense (please correct me if I'm paraphrasing incorrectly) to watch. She mentioned the random violence and the meta-message. The following is my response:
"I find the meta-message fascinating. They're modern fairy tales (the good ones, at least - some are just stupid ;-). The kids who do what they're supposed to, respect their elders, uphold their responsibilities and are nice to other people survive. The ones who engage in "socially unacceptable" behaviors, who skip out on their jobs, cheat on their boy/girlfriends, lie to their parents, taunt kids who can't fight back and are generally uncaring, unthinking bundles of hormones, die.
But if it's not your thing, it's not your thing. ;-)"
I would further like to say that I may not always agree with what society deems "socially acceptable" behavior, but I can recognize it.