Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Pellecanos (and Adams)

From: Sharon Villines (
Date: 03 Feb 2000

>> people thought about things in the 20's. But most contemporary writers
>> who set stories in the past seem to feel obliged to justify their
>> research by loading on the details. What they don't often capture is
>> the attitude of the times.

It has been suggested that the reason people read historicals is to see contemporary ideas/opinions/attitudes attached to the romance of the past.

A book written in 1860 is not the same as a book written in 1960 and set in 1860. The idealization (idealizing either hard times or good times) and drama is what makes a historical a historical.


Sharon Villines, Editor
MacGuffin Guide to Detective Fiction,
MacGuffinL, History & Criticism of Detective Fiction

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