--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Kevin Burton Smith <kvnsmith@...> wrote:
> But I still think anyone whoever tackles such a book is going to have
> to nail down the definition first. Simply calling it noir doesn't make
> it so.
Noir is a much looser denomination than other genres. And I don't think noirs depend as much on cliché situations and characters. The best ones have none of that, each one is a original work.
Look at this list:
The Burnt Orange Heresy
13 French Street
The Killer Inside Me
What do they have in common? Hard to say, but it's not clichés.
Perhaps a handbook could provide tips for conveying despair and for creating doomed characters, but a good doomed character is a tall order.
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