RARA-AVIS: Re: Hardboiled and delurk

From: Charlie.Williams@pinkroccade.co.uk
Date: 28 Apr 2002

miker wrote
>[Charlie wrote:] "...I think a noir novel can contain no hardboiled

Hmm, looking at that again I think I could have expressed it a bit better. What I meant was it is possible for a noir novel to contain no HB characters. I didn't mean to suggest any kind of mutually exclusive thing going on there.

I also agree with the poster who said this argument is meaningless. But like he also says, it's just a game. And even if thrashing out the terminology proves fruitless, at least it gets us to look at the texts more closely.

What else was I going to say? Oh yeah... As well as being dark and sinister in ambience, I think for a novel to be noir it must exhibit a streak of fatalism.

Charlie Williams

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