Re: RARA-AVIS: Bouchercon article

Date: 26 Sep 2005

Kerry wrote,

> noir. It is romantic. If they almost save the world but screw up somewhere
> along the way because mommy didn't love them, or they took the wrong
> advice, the story is not noir. It is tragic. But if they fail to save the
> world in such a way as to make it obvious that the world, humanity, cannot
> be saved from itself, that is noir.

This is in line with something I had been thinking about this thread.

In tragedy there is a sense of loss. In noir there is not. The difference here is hope. In a tragedy you can hope for a better outcome. In noir you can not.


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