A while back, Jeff Goins is started an interesting conversation over at Two Handed Warriors – ostensibly directed to Christian/Religious writers, but really a conversation for all story tellers.
The idea revolves around writing “edgy” work. It reminds me of when the writer of the Fraggle Rock movie was asked to make the scripts more edgy (see here for details).
My take on whether a writer should be edgy or not? Depends on the story.
Goins gets it right – it is about honesty, not edge. “Edgy” is about selling; honesty is about writing. If the story calls for edge, so be it. If the story doesn’t, adding would dilute the story.