Ch 11. Why Do People Watch Horror Movies?


This chapter explores the general paradox of tragedy, or, what is better called, the paradox of painful art. I begin with an overview of the problem, noting that the paradox can be reduced to two questions: Why do people seek out artworks that elicit negative emotions? And why do they do this so less often in real life? Then I provide an overview of six major solutions to the paradox: conversion, control, compensatory, meta-response, catharsis, and rich experience theories.

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