RARA-AVIS: How much Background?

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 12 May 2003

Gary Warren Niebuhr said:

>>I am pretty sure that Judson was not happy at
Bantam and is trying to shop the series somewhere else. I hope someday we get the story of the character's childhood.<<

Just to pose a question: do we really want to get into the childhood of characters?

Do we care about the childhood of Phillp Marlowe, Sam Spade, Lew Archer, Travis McGee or even Mike Hammer?

Isn't childhood the inclusion of a character's childhood the publisher's, author's, or agent's way of getting into mainstream?

As much as I think *Mystic River* was a great book, was it really a great mystery? Or was it mainstream with a crime element?

Just a couple of things to throw out there.

Jack Bludis

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