Definitely, Sandra!! To me, books and movies are to escape from the horrors of the world, not emphasise them!!!
Woah, I definitely have to get that book!! It sounds full on, but I think I'd really enjoy doing the little tasks involved - I love things like that!
That's insane that your fiction teacher ended up getting a Nobel nomination when you and so many others have had such bad experiences with him!! A bit sad really when you think about all of the other writers out there that deserved it more than him!!
When you finish your novel I'd love to read it/buy a copy
Good luck with it girl