October 15th, 2020
Dutch researchers in 2017 conducted a study on how news shows with a political perspective affects well-being. They found that well-being falls 6.1% for every additional news program watched a week. The explanation was found to be largely the dominance of negative stories and the powerlessness viewers might feel in the face of all that bad news.
Good citizens are informed and should pay attention but we don’t need to wallow in it. Better to set some boundaries and maybe spend more time outside or reading books.
Here are 3 crime fiction links, 2 quotes, and 1 question for this week:
- I’ve really enjoyed all of Jane Harper’s books so far and I’m excited to see what she does with her latest. Publisher’s Weekly has a quick profile and talks to Harper about the upcoming THE SURVIVORS. Plus an update on the adaptation of THE DRY.
- Den of Geek talks to Jack Bender about MR MERCEDES new life on Peacock, any potential S4, how he approaches adapting King, and classic PIs.
- No actual word from HBO, but the man himself says THE OUTSIDER will get a second season. It won’t use the short in IF IT BLEEDS as inspiration but King says he has something spooky planned for season two.
Two quotes from King’s PI Bill Hodges this week:
- “Nothing wrong with a little vengeance. Ain’t just loves that makes the world go round.”
- “I know you’re in there because hate hangs on and hate is all you had. Could bring you back someday. Sure as taxes and Christmas, though, I’ll be waiting, and I’ll finish it.”
- What’s your favorite Stephen King book in the last five years? I enjoyed most of them but might pick the last Bill Hodges, END OF WATCH.
Until next Thursday, happy reading,
Author the Max Strong thriller series