Monday, May 18, 2015


Is this cool or what!! Alex J Cavanaugh and Heather Gardner are hosting the BLOOD, BOOBS AND CARNAGE blogfest today. Here’s the details, short and simple:

On May 18, 2015, post about a movie, television show, book, or all three that falls into the category of Blood, Boobs, and Carnage. (Or just Blood and Carnage or other mixture.) It can be any genre that fits the bill – fantasy, science fiction, action, adventure, western, thriller, etc. Post the badge and visit other participants.

Just one huh? Pshaw, that's about impossible.
(WARNING: I realize my interpretation of this blogfest may be more graphic than our hosts intended, so don't click on any videos if you are used to blood and carnage in narrative as opposed to descriptive. Many popular sci-fi's, dystopia's and gaming imply carnage through bombings and news reports of mass death without showing the blood and devastation.)

I've read many books that fall under the category of BLOOD, BOOBS and CARNAGE (BBC); well, blood and carnage mainly. The Road, The Things They Carried, Helter Skelter, The Sword of Truth series, Charlaine Harris' Dead And . . series (True Blood). The effects of gore and a well endowed naked woman lose the effects on the written page. I am currently satisfying my BBC needs by both watching and reading George RR Martin's Game of Thrones Series. I am on book one, and am almost disappointed in the lack of sexual details and foul language in the books compared to the explicit viewing of the HBO series. Almost. I am hilariously disappointed that the HBO series can't seem to find a whore bigger than a B-cup for their nude scenes however.

But of course the boobs of this segment don't necessarily have to be bared and nude to be present amongst the blood and carnage.

With few exceptions, no self respecting heroine (or devious fem-fetal/spy), from the colonial era Anna Strong (Turn, Washington's Spies), to kick-butt urban fantasy, to modern dystopias,

would even contemplate a fight of any sort in a garment that doesn't display their boobs (well endowed or flat chested).

Still, in books or video, I like sex and violence in a story the same way I like romance and humor: as a well integrated part of the story, not as the entire focus. It might surprise you to learn that I'm an avid fan of the TV series The Walking Dead and Vikings, and can't imagine them keeping my interest without killing SOMETHING (and making a bloody mess of it) in every episode; but I have no desire to watch any of the SAW movies, and wasn't impressed with 300.

However, what's a war without carnage, and I prefer to view the effects as opposed to read about them. Some of my favorite bloody movies are: The Patriot, Braveheart, Last of the Mohicians, The Gladiator, The Last Samurai . . well, you get the idea?

Truly though, the series that I think embodies the sentiment of Blood, Boobs and Carnage: Sons of Anarchy. The sex (not shown at all in the below clip) borders on gratuitous, but the show is so visceral that to close the door on that segment of the larger-than-life outlaw society would be an injustice (pun intended). Not to mention I'd get to see a whole lot less of Jax Teller (Charlie Hunan) and Nero Padilla (Jimmy Smits). Hubba, hubba, I'm all for man-boobs! But street/gang war is still war, and the mass executions are no less devastating, even when perpetrated one at a time. The biggest reason I'm drawn to this series though: it's a "real" depiction of modern societal issues, possibly right  here where I live. Over the fence, down the street, in that quiet looking neighborhood. Makes me appreciate my uneventful, average little life.

Hopefully the write up wasn't too graphic for ya'll; and for those brave enough to click on the vid's, I hope it was satisfying. Click here for the sign-up list and visit more BLOOD, BOOBS and CARNAGE blogfest participants.

See ya at your own sites.


DEZMOND said...

one of the current series that has all of these three is OUTLANDER, just in the latest episode we saw an actors big willie naked, then a woman who was milking her boobs into a cup, and also tones of pussy eating :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Smart choices! Not too bloody for me, that's for sure. So the books aren't as graphic as the show? Guess I'm glad I've never read them.
Thanks for participating in our blogfest!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Patriot was a great film. I have thoroughly enjoyed this Blogfest.

I now know I have to watch GoT

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The Patriot - back before Mel got crazy on us.

Anonymous said...

I keep hearing so much about GoT; I'm going to have to start watching it! I know, I've been living a somewhat sheltered life.

Have a great day and enjoy the blogfest. Eva

Nilanjana Bose said...

My own experience is that books are often less graphic than contemporary films...probably am reading the wrong kind of books altogether :D

Btw, I loved those films you listed - Braveheart, The Gladiator etc

Hope all going well with you.

Misha Gerrick said...

Funny, my brother and uncle was just watching The Patriot last night. :-)

A Beer for the Shower said...

Awesome choices. I think you listed three of my favorite TV shows. Sons of Anarchy especially. At first glance it looks like a bunch of idiot redneck bikers being assholes, but the writing and the character development in that show was phenomenal.

Christine Rains said...

Lots of great mentions! Thumbs up for Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead.

Stephen Tremp said...

I loved the movie the Patriot. Some scenes were hard to watch, such as the wedding in the church burning to the ground. But a great movie just the same.

Stephen Tremp
A to Z Road Trip

Pat Hatt said...

Sons of Anarchy just got better and better. I enjoy the walking dead too. The Patriot was an awesome movie.

Jeremy [Retro] said...

Great posts and the videos... not to violent. :)

Jeremy [THE WOLF]
Howlin' Wolf Records: On-Line Magazine

Dixie@dcrelief said...

I'm not a blood and guts girl, though you named three movies I've seen.
They can often leave me angry at the injustice done.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Glad to see you've taken the plunge into A Song of Ice and Fire. I love the books. So many details to keep straight. If you ever want to talk theories, then I'm the person to do that with.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I was thinking THE WALKING DEAD and RESIDENT EVIL movies would fit the bill. Interesting blogfest, isn't it? :-)

S. L. Hennessy said...

Wow, these are great choices for the B,B&C Blogfest!

dolorah said...

Dezzy: you nasty little darling, thanks for the recommend. I've totally been missing out.

Alex: I have trouble keeping the faces and house names strait in the series, so the books are helping out there. Plus, excellent world building; Martin is a good author to learn from.

Lass: wow, nice to see you again. Been a long time. I'd been mission out on GoT because of not having HBO forever.

Dianne: did you see Lethal Weapon? He's always been crazy, which is why I like him. Not so much since he went all religious fanatic though.

Eva: the series is way close to the books, but have grown up the kids a few years. That was a smart move.

Nila: hey GF :) The imagery is not the same in written word. And, the books are basically about the children - from 15 down to 3 years old.

Misha: hope they enjoyed it as much as I did :)

B&B: yeah, Kurt Sutter is talented at writing empathetic yet devious characters. Never, ever, trust Jax, especially if you're looking him strait in the eye, and he's all vulnerable and passionate!

Christine: Two of my favorites.

Stephen: In the clip I posted, I liked that the boys were crying after the shooting. Showed harsh but realistic realities. One of the hardest for me didn't involve any death: it was watching him melt down his dead son's tin soldiers for bullets. The irony was gut wrenching.

Pat: my sentiments exactly :)

Hi Jeremy :)

Dixie: I think the injustice is why I prefer to watch in such graphic details; to not gloss over the ugliness. Especially in war.

Michael: my son gave me the set for Mothers Day. It does have a complex political system, and I fear Martin is setting me up to have to choose between three characters which should sit on the Iron Throne. I do like that they consistently remind us the Baratheons (and Lanisters) are Userpers.

Roland: ah, Resident Evil was one I was trying to remember the name, for the boobs line-up. And the gratuitous gore. I liked the last couple movies better than the first ones though. More actual story line.

Thanks SL :)

Tamara Narayan said...

I remember The Patriot well, but haven't seen Sons of Anarchy. I picked The Walking Dead for today's blog as well.

Botanist said...

Haven't seen The Patriot, but enjoyed the others in your list of movies. The thing I like about movies like Gladiator, The Last Samurai, and Last of the Mohicans is that although the carnage is graphic, the storylines are so powerful. It's not just gratuitous violence, it's part of life at that time.

Arlee Bird said...

Though it didn't come to my mind when I was thinking of subject matter for this Blogfest, The Patriot is a fine pick. My wife and I both really like that film a lot.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Road trippin' with A to Z
Tossing It Out

Nick Wilford said...

Good choices, this is the most in depth interpretation of the blogfest I've seen. It's definitely a different experience to have the carnage right in front of you rather than having it reported after the fact.

farawayeyes said...

This is a fun Blog Hop that I actually toyed with the idea of joining, but then the weekend got away from me and here we are.

Some good choices here. GoT certainly fits the bill with either a TV show or Book, although I agree that on TV they have seriously played up the B & C as far as the blood goes I did think the books were quite literally dripping with it. My biggest argument here is that Martin has NOT FINISHED.

The Walking Dead is another BB&C, but I have found that so much of the blood and carnage is cartoonish. I never feel too grossed out and I'm normally a pretty easy target.

Never seen Song of Anarchy, but I can only imagine and from the clip you provided...whooweee!

The place where I find the real BB&C most intriguing is in the historical drama, some of which you mentioned. The Patriot, Last of the Mochiccians, Gladiator, etc, etc, etc. Unfortunately, those were brutal times and I think the movies have tried to depict them fairly realistic.

Anyway...a fun Blog Hope and you really went all out on your selections, but of course, I don't expect anything less.

Denise Covey said...

Sex and violence. The Great American Dream! Loved good ole Mel up there. Thought Braveheart was pretty violent too.

I'm not in this hop so don't visit! I'm doing Lexa's Summer hop though.

Denise :-)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Wow, you named tons of my favorites there. Braveheart was really bloody and brutal, as I'm sure war was and still is though it's less close up now.
Lots of mentions of Game of Thrones today.

Jolie du Pre said...

I'm a big fan of The Walking Dead.

Precious Monsters

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Great picks for the blogfest! I haven't seen those shows, but the boyfriend is a huge fan of "Sons of Anarchy."

I'll have to give it a watch someday.

Carrie-Anne said...

I've heard so many things about Game of Thrones, but I haven't attempted the books yet. Mr. Martin really doesn't get attached to any of his characters, the way he kills them off so often.

dolorah said...

Tamara: I think Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are popular today.

Bob: that's what draws me to those movies.

Lee: it really depicts the price paid for the US freedom.

Nick: and all that carnage makes me never want to pick up a gun (or knife) and hurt someone. It has not desensitized me.

FAE: TWD can be gross; but it doesn't freak me out because I also watch The Talking Dead, and seeing how all those bloody scenes are developed to look so real takes the terror out for me. Historicals are another matter; such devastation, even so far in the past. Could easily happen again, in the Gulf and Middle East.

Denise: Thanks for stopping by. Have a good week.

Susan: GoT seems made for this blogfest. I am hoping not to see such carnage in real life. War is scary.

Jolie: Awesome :)

JH: just don't be jealous when the boyfriend drools over all the porn stars when you watch SOA. Remember, most of them are slaughtered at the end.

dolorah said...

Carrie: true, but at least he hasn't killed little Rickon yet :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

My husband and I have started watching GoT, too. I plan on reading the books, but I find it interesting that they are less graphic. I also noticed the sex workers are always small chested (what does that say about us?).

I've also just started Watching SoA on Netflix. I'm enjoying it, and have been binge watching it (bad girl). From the sound of it, the sex gets more gratuitous?

cheerfuloptimistic said...

I'm kind of the same way about gore and sex. If it's integrated well into the story and isn't the main focus, I won't complain about it. If the whole point of it is to constantly be shocking or nauseating, I won't stick around for long.

TBM said...

I haven't read Game of Thrones yet and I'm surprised they aren't as graphic. But I shouldn't be with HBO.

Bish Denham said...

I forgot all about Braveheart and Gladiator! Both excellent choices. And the actors are bad to look at either. :)

Shell Flower said...

You have some really well thought out choices here. I'm a little scared to watch Sons of Anarchy, but maybe it isn't that bad.

Debbie D. said...

Gladiator and Braveheart were riveting! ☺ I agree, boobs don't have to be naked to leave an impression. A good cleavage shot is equally effective. Glad you mentioned Sons of Anarchy, one of my favourite shows ever! (Also the subject of my BB&C post). Eagerly awaiting the prequel.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

When it comes to carnage, I can only really handle it if it has a point. Hence I have never really been a horror or gore fan. But I do appreciate well told stories that happen to be bloody... (I do tell some of them myself).
Good list! Thanks for the visit! :)

@TarkabarkaHolgy from
Multicolored Diary

cleemckenzie said...

Nothing like a little gore before breakfast! Lovely. I think I remember enjoying The Patriot. but it has been a while.

SpacerGuy said...

Sons of Anarchy, Wow. These guys take no prisoners. When words fail use bullets.

Birgit said...

I have seen Sons of Anarchy on other sites. i have not seen this series but i am certain it meets the blood and carnage. Love the films you picked-all are great! I don't know much about books but as a kid i read Barbara Cartland because of the romance. I was so young too when i read them. She had heaving bosoms in them

dolorah said...

Shannon: another blogger commented that the description of sex/violence (in the books) corresponds to the perspective character's level of understanding what is happening and vocabulary. That was an "aha" moment of clarity for me, as much of the POV is written from children 7 years to 15 years old. This is not a MG, YA or NA style novel though. The content will naturally grow with the maturity of the characters.

MRR: exactly :)

TBM: I'm sure it will pick up as the characters progress.

Bish: very easy on the eyes

Shell: oh yes, it is that bad.

Debbie: yeah, I enjoyed your post. I miss the program.

Tarka: I think I'm more of a "thriller" fan. Used to love horror when I was younger though.

cLee: with your jam and toast, lol.

Spaceguy: or an axe, or shank :)

Birgit: lol, I'm sure heaving bosoms count for Boobs.

Liesel K. Hill said...

We have the same taste in movies! I totally LOVE all the films you mentioned. As you know I also love TWD. I'm also a GoT fan. Sons of Anarchy is one I've never watched. Pretty much everyone in my family watched it and keeps telling me to, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Probably will eventually. :D

Heather M. Gardner said...

Sons. I absolutely loved that show. I felt shame after each episode, knowing that I shouldn't like the violence or sexual exploitation of women or the drug use or the criminal behavior. I felt shame and then turned on the next episode. Every week. I felt like I'd lost family when the show went off the air.
SOA was top on my list, but I gave the pick to my husband for TV and he picked Buffy.

Great choices all around.
THANK YOU for joining Alex and me in this EPIC blogfest!
Heather M. Gardner

Mina Burrows said...

300 is a great one as well. I hadn't thought about that one. I still haven't watched Sons of Anarchy. Great post. :)

Nicki Elson said...

Oh good glad to hear the sex isn't as rampant in the Game of Thrones books - since my teenaged son has started reading them.

I...I didn't click on the clips. Class A wuss right here.

Bevimus said...

Second entry I've seen for SoA- I will have to check it out!

M Pax said...

Have you seen Spartacus? It would rate my favorite in this category. Lots of blood, boobs, and carnage. Saw most of these movies. Great choices.

J Lenni Dorner said...

Great picks for the BBC hop.

Actually, I liked the theme of the Saw movies. (Be thankful that you're alive, or this dying guy will torture you until you're either grateful or dead.)

Sons of Anarchy is great, and certainly fits the bill for this fest. So does GoT, True Blood, and The Walking Dead.The Patriot was a fantastic movie, too.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

AJ Lauer said...

Bahahaha your comment about the size of the breasts of the whores!! I had totally noticed that! You'd think they'd have at least a couple that were better endowed...
AJ Lauer

pamlovesbooks said...

Someone else mentioned sons of anarchy; what an interesting interpretation. i guess many people thought of zombies but really, carnage is carnage, right?

ick i just sounded really hardcore right there. and i'm totally not.

VR Barkowski said...

Great choices, but DEZMOND isn’t alone. When I read about this blogfest the first show that came to mind was Outlander.

I'm not into blood and guts (eww), but most of the bloodshed on The Walking Dead doesn’t faze me. It only becomes a problem when one of the regulars is the victim. Let’s just say, I was not happy when Hershel was beheaded.

VR Barkowski