Let's just get this out in the open; violence in fiction is ever-present. It might be very mild or simply slapstick violence, or it may be graphic. The violent act itself may not be depicted at all, but its aftermath would be described. Violence can be alluded to, or explicitly described. Most often, violence is seen in action and dramatic stories, the latter usually depicting the result of the violent acts, rather than the act itself. Violence can be integral to the plot, or a diversion, or even just thrown in for sheer shock value because the author feels that it makes the story "more adult." I use the term "violence" here to describe any action that results in physical and/or psychological trauma to the person(s) involved. This would include acts of torture, and even accidental acts which result in harm to the character. A vehicular accident would be a violent act, as it caused trauma. A character falling down the stairs, whether by accident or provoked, would be a violent act. This also includes any actions which result in the death of the character, either by accident, mechanical failure, or murder. If a character is working on the engines of their starship, and the ship inexplicably activates those engines and fries the character to a crisp, that would be a violent act of mechanical failure, so long as the source of that failure was not caused by another character's direct intervention. Throughout our respective writing histories, I hazard that many of us have experimented with writing graphic violence at some point. This could be early in our hobby, or even more recent, and the motives could range from experimentation to the idea that graphic violence makes the story "mature." Now, I ask you, does it really? What makes a story "mature?" To what degree must the violence be to warrant a labeling of "mature" or "adult?" Does violence help a story, or can it hinder a story? Where in a story do you feel is best to include violence? What genres do you feel should not have any violence whatsoever? Hurt/comfort fics may be the result of a violent act toward the character, even if the violence is not depicted. Also, on the subject of torture, tickling is an oft-used method of torture, though many of us may not associate tickling with being a violent act. Even if the tickling isn't intended to be torturous--a character tickles his girlfriend to make her laugh--it can sometimes result in harm to the person, particularly if they are sensitive to being tickled, and the act of tickling causes them to lose muscle tone and collapse. So, your thoughts on violence in fiction? Do you employ it in your own writing? Are you disgusted by it? Are you indifferent? Are you a malevolent god to your characters and delight in watching them suffer? Plenty of more discussion points, so go nuts. Just... keep the collateral damage to your fellow posters to a minimum and check all weapons at the door.