Re: RARA-AVIS: Chandler, Hope, and the HB novel

From: Mark Sullivan ( AnonymeInc@WEBTV.NET)
Date: 27 Jan 2000

There's a line in the movie Clockwise, John Cleese says something like
(but worded better): I can stand the despair, it's the hope I can't handle.

That line really struck home with me and I agree that hope's got a lot to do with the appeal of much HB. The whole genre seems built on the disparity between a character's real life situation and what s/he strives for, still hopes for. The story is built on the character's increasing inability to ignore that contradiction. The character's actions are fueled by the inability to give up hope.


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