Re: RARA-AVIS: Watcha readin'?

Date: 18 Feb 2006

Richard wrote:

"Certainly realism is a literary method, or what various critics label
"realism" in the various eras."

The shifts in what is considered realism is particularly evident in TV cop shows. When it first aired, Hill Street Blues was hailed for its realism, at least in part due to the precinct's floors being dirty. But every few years, a cop show gets more "real" -- NYPD Blues, Homicide, Shield, Wire, etc. While the trappings may make them seem real, they're all constructs. And that's fine with me. I want a story, and that requires certain concessions, from trimming extraneous, not very neat distractions to shaping the narrative.


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