About two years ago at book presentation a little girl of about seven or eight asked me “Why are all the murder victims always girls?”

I was at a book presentation for a book about Bea Wyett and with Bea being a little girl that’s mostly who were in the audience; little girls. the little girls had some very deep questions but one question stuck with me.

One little girl asked, “Why are all the murder victims always girls or women?” And added. “I don’t like stories where they are always writing about killing girls.”

I was caught off guard without a real answer. I couldn’t say most mystery stories murder victims are not women and girls, because they are. I knew, I have always felt there was too much feminine violence even in a lot of ancient literature.

So what answer did I give?

Well, none at first for once I was flabbergasted when I looked down at their sweet little faces and saw how serious they were. I couldn’t explain to a group of seven or eight year olds that these are just stories. That no one is coming to kill little girls.

I eventually explained that these are make-believe stories. No one actually dies. She asked, “Supposed some people don’t know the difference and kill real girls?” The librarian and the original inquirer’s mother cut in explaining she’s an extra curious child.

I told them that killers like those in the books are very rare and if literature make them uncomfortable it put it down. It’s perhaps too advance for them.

They tweeted away at lighting speed on their phones and pulled up at least thirty books where were the murder victims were girls and asked me did I know the authors? And if so, tell them to quit writing about killing girls. I explained I didn’t know any of the authors.

As I drove home, I realized those little girls were right. All the raved over stories surrounding death or murder almost always involve a woman or a girl.

I knew there has always been lots of gender (female) violence in every form of literature. I had not realized it had become so horrible that it make little girls cringe.

I once heard called all the world major religions, Male Chauvinist Death Cults. I am wondering if he’s right.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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22 Responses to About two years ago at book presentation a little girl of about seven or eight asked me “Why are all the murder victims always girls?”

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on a subject many will not write about. 🤐


    • Those little girls demanded an answer being the only writer present I had to speak for the entire publishing industry. I am just glad someone is making an impact on the next generation of our daughters. I don’t know if is feminists, their mothers or who but whomever is telling them that there is excessive violence against women in mostly all literature of every culture. Book Riot’s states that top 20 thrillers of last year have over 50% violence against women. And usually done in such a brutal senseless manner. For example, The blood bath, B-rate thriller of 80’s always used a girl’s sexuality as the reason the monster killed her and strewn body parts all over the woods.

      I’d like to mention that publishing and entertainment industry as a whole is not great when it comes to gender equality and inclusivity—especially the mystery/thriller genres. The victim stalked or killed is almost always a woman or girl.


  2. I’m glad young girls are questioning the norms.

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  3. The thing is, I know there are tons of books, movies etc with violence towards women in thrillers. I have seen them my whole life. It’s like in recent years, the last 20-30 years there has been a huge surge in novels with the word “Girl” in the title and it is usually not a story where the girl lives.


  4. HensBlooms says:

    Now, I am wondering about that too 🙂 Thank you for sharing, it takes strength and courage to admit the truth

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  5. RainbowBunny says:

    This problem of little girls being murder victims should bother everyone more, and I’m glad that you chose to write about this important subject. I feel extremely concerned about these innocent children, and every time I hear about these types of murders, I feel sorry for them.

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    • I agree it could bother everyone.
      Yes, it’s so heart-wrenching, deeply saddening to hear or read about a child being murdered. There’s no justification whatsoever for killing someone not old enough to defend herself or himself.

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  6. Belladonna says:

    OH my goodness I need thought about it that. They are right.
    I agree they need to wait to watch these movies. Great post and great answer.

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  8. She asked a great question.

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  9. Desmonda says:

    I like that part where Bea doesn’t “die” but lives to fight another battle, another day down the road. 😍

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