Saturday, December 3, 2016

A book about Vlad the Impaler has violence?

Book shopping, Eastern Europe, an interesting title: “Vlad the Impaler; Son of Dracul,” by Alan C. Baird.

Then I see this: WARNING: GRAPHIC TRANSGRESSIVE VIOLENCE.

Really? A book about Vlad the Impaler contains violence? An assumption: Any book with “Impaler” in the title probably has some graphic violence, even if quoted from historical documents.

What, I wondered, is “transgressive violence?” Normally, “trans” can refer to movement (transportation) or “on the other side of,” as in “Trans Caucasus.” These days, though, “trans” figures in lots of things – too many things. “Transsexual” or “Transgender” come to mind, since those are things of importance (according to news people) in the so essential, on-going debate and argument and etc. as to who uses which facility to stand or sit while peeing. (All part of the Progressive Social Justice War that one kind of genitalia is no more important than another kind, unless yours is of the kind designated male by the patriarchy, in which case you are doomed to the fires of Hell for having that kind, but if yours is of the kind designated female, then you are an angel of discretion and harbor no ill will toward any human. Or non-human. Or any other thing or molecule.)

A search shows “transgressive” in this case to be “Of or relating to a genre of fiction, filmmaking, or art characterized by graphic depictions of behavior that violate socially acceptable norms, often involving violence, drug use, and sexual deviancy.” That’s from the Free Dictionary.

Still, I wondered why anybody found it necessary to place a warning on a book about Vlad the Impaler. The book is 45 pages. It was free. There is the possibility of “You get what you pay for.”

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