RARA-AVIS: RE: JDM -- an overview of Travis McGee

From: Duane Spurlock ( duane1spur@yahoo.com)
Date: 11 Jun 2003

Jim Blue ( WordRunner@aol.com) wrote:

<< In a message dated 6/10/03 11:48:07 AM, matrxtech@yahoo.com writes:

<< At the very least, they're badly dated. Without inviting anyone to disclose age, ┬┐were American girls in the fifties *that* naive? >>

    Some were, as were many of the men, and sad to say, today's generation appears to me to have an equal number of good hearted folks who have only recently fallen off the turnip truck. The nonsense of the Mcgee wounded birds was that they seemed to be the only females who flocked to the busted flush. Many women of that time were mucho street savvy - but apparently T.M. wasn't interested in them or perhaps he figured they could get along without his help.

Consider also that JDM, as a thorough professional, likely was aware that he was essentially writing formula fiction for a series aimed at a ready audience
-- an audience with (perhaps unconscious) expectations for certain sorts of formula.
                      The girl-in-trouble theme worked for McGee. It worked well enough in pop fiction bascially that it got picked up and modified a bit for nearly all the James Bond movies. (In recent years the Bond-movie girl-in-trouble has become the girl-as-fellow-spy or some variation of that.)
- Duane Spurlock

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