Because previous studies have shown women fear violent crime more than men, researchers suspect this fear drives women to read true crime. It provides information that could help readers avoid becoming victims themselves, and the finding that women prefer books that offer "clever tricks" to escape would-be attackers only strengthens the argument.
I only read or watch violence if I'm told it's too good to pass by, but if I had to choose between true crime and a book on, say, war strategy, I'd pick true crime too. For me, it's the biographical-like details. I'd rather learn about a crime's effect on people than a straight-up account of war. In fact, I'd rather read about the civilians living through war than soldiers fighting it. Is that such a crime?
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