From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 19 Nov 2008

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    Here's an example of something written in a "relentlessly commercial" style. No prizes for guessing where it comes from -- one of the most relentlessly commercial novels ever. It's full of 'tell', cliche, melodramatic language, interpretation, pleonasms. And deliberately so. I'm making an observation, not a judgment. The paradox at the end is most likely a mistake, mind you.

    "Renowned curator Jacques Saunière staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum's Grand Gallery. He lunged for the nearest painting he could see, a Carravagio. Grabbing the gilded frame, the seventy-three-year-old man heaved the masterpiece toward himself until it tore from the wall and Saunière collapsed backward in a heap beneath the canvas. As he anticipated, a thundering iron gate fell nearby, barricading the entrance to the suite. The parquet floor shook. Far off, an alarm began to ring. The curator lay a moment, gasping for breath, taking stock. I am still alive. He crawled out from under the canvas and scanned the cavernous space for someplace to hide. A voice spoke, chillingly close. "Do not move." On his hands and knees, the curator froze, turning his head slowly."

    ----- Original Message ----- From: "Nathan Cain" <> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: SMALL CRIMES AND DRAGON TATTOO

    > What exactly is a "relentlessly commercial" style.

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