"If the term has expanded beyond what it's meant to define,
then it means that people are commonly misunderstanding the
term, not that "the language has expanded."
So genres can't evolve? They can't come to include aspects
which were not there in the original. So the Rolling Stones
stopped playing rock
'n' roll when they went beyond doing Chuck Berry covers? What a boring genre hardboiled would be if it were limited to Carroll John Daly's palette. That's how you kill a genre, by setting very tight constraints on its practitioners. Then again, that's just what you're saying about film noir, that it died, and that what we are claiming is the evolution of noir, is something else entirely (so what is it?). I'm sorry, I prefer genres that are living, evolving, not just increasingly pale imitations.
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