Re: RARA-AVIS: 10 or 20

From: Terrill Lankford (
Date: 25 Mar 2002

M Blumenthal wrote:

> I just wrote I have no quarrel with everyone having twenty votes as long as
> they aren't ranked. As far as how many characters should be included, the
> NPR and just about all the other greatest of the century list I have seen
> use the number 100. We have over 200 nominations already so there will be no
> problem coming up with that number. If you prefer only fifty just cover up
> nos 51 - 100 when it comes out.
> Mark

I agree with you, Mark. Why should the Lit Crits get 100 and we automatically marginalize ourselves to 50 or under? Seems like we're following the party line that crime fiction isn't as valuable or worthy as other genres or styles of writing. Are we too cheap or lazy to come up with a hundred names? Obviously not. The list Joe is compiling proves there are a wealth of worthy characters out there. Let's give Letterman a hundred names to mull over while Bill is trying to hypnotize him on national TV.


P.S. - I think the list that has sprung out of this little exercise could prove quite valuable to anyone looking to expand their reading horizons in the genre. Nice job, everyone. Special nods to Joe and Mark.

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