RARA-AVIS: Definitions

From: Jack Bludis ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 21 Aug 2004

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "jimdohertyjr"
<jimdohertyjr@y...> wrote:
> Just remember this:
> "Hard-boiled" means "tough and colloquial."
> "Noir" means "dark and sinister."

Here we go again:

"Hard-boiled" is "Tough," but it it does not have to be colloquial. Chandler is anything but colloquial. I hate the term because so few reach the level, but his style is "literary."

"Noir" is "Screwed" unless we are talking about "Film noir." In that case I agree that "Dark and Sinister" fits.

To be noir, a book does not have to be dark and sinister. It has to be about a lead character whose fate is sealed from the opening lines. No matter what the lead does, he or she is screwed.



Jack Bludis

PS: This post is late because I was out in the never-never land of no rara-avis during the "digest crash" or whatever the hell it was.

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