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Article Title: Real pain lies behind the fiction of true-crime dramas


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In this article, the author talks about Crime drama and the vicarious impact it has on real-life victims. The author is a crime reporter and has covered headline-making cases from killings to abductions. But he is wary of fictionalised true crime as writers of dramas take the trauma of real lives, but then without the same obligations of accuracy and fairness that journalists or documentarians have, can play fast and loose to make fiction about relatively recent crimes. He talks about movies who have faced protests for making films without consent from those victims which inspired them and asks them to consider. However, films have also been successful in showcasing and campaigning for human rights and have prevented a miscarriage of justice. But the author says that writers sometimes go too far in the name of documentary privilege – in a quest to make the film as authentic as possible -while showing a lack of empathy for those with real memories of the crimes. He only asks them to show a little more compassion, to pause a little more before turning a cruel crime into our entertainment.


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Words to learn from this Article:

Obligations: The social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force

Mogul: A very wealthy or powerful businessman

Farce: A comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations

Musings: A calm, lengthy, intent consideration

Transcripts: Something that has been transcribed; a written record (usually typewritten) of dictated or recorded speech

Bereaved: Sorrowful through loss or deprivation

Quashed: Put down by force or intimidation

Authentic: Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief

Diligent: Quietly and steadily continuing a task despite any difficulties

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