“Gone Too Far” morals usually don’t kick in with me especially when it comes to fiction. I mean, why should I? Though I do care about other people who have gone through such things and can be triggered by them so I put up a warning at the start.
As someone who has watched (and read) shows like Game Of Thrones, the story line is very brutal and atrocious. The authors of such stories don’t necessarily romanticize brutal things and barbaric acts to humanity but they appear so anyway.
As for me, it’s okay to write scenes depicting issues (and I say issues because it’s not something to be proud of) like r*pe, assault, abuse, violence etc because it kind of generates an awareness among people and addresses it as an issue that needs to be removed from the society for its betterment.
I guess… I feel that I’ve gone too far when I depict scenes with acts of excessive torture and mutilation on humans, animals etc (for example, the depiction of intense pain when the prisoner’s fingers are slowly cut off or something that happened to Theon Greyjoy while he was in captivity of Ramsay Bolton spoiler oop –).
Then there’s the case of suicide too. I tried to write one myself to see how I’d fare in that department but… felt too triggered from inside while writing it. I re-read the whole thing two to three times and felt really sick and uncomfortable at all the gory details the MC was going through so I removed the scene altogether. I guess authors should address the suicide issue but don’t glorify it much in a detailed way.
Self-harm is also not okay. The way how the MC or any other character harms themselves and puts out their emotions in such a raw and dangerous way… it’s too much.