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From Cujo to Precious, five tragedy-porn books and the films they inspired

In author Sapphire's new novel, The Kid (a semi-sequel to Precious -- the Hollywood adaptation of her '96 novel, Push), we are treated to another relentless marathon of abuse, rape, failed dreams and unsettling conclusions. "Commercial media looks at things in terms of heroes and villains," Sapphire told us in advance of tonight's appearance at the Tattered Cover. "And we all know that the psychological reality of people is much more complex than that."

In honor of Sapphire's visit to Denver, we're taking a look at a handful of other "tragedy porn" books and the films they inspired:

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