In a message dated 3/4/09 11:51:02 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> Jack Bludis said
> The person writing it must feel it: a sense of the lead character's present
> situation being all screwed up, the belief--even the subconscious belief on
> the part of the lead character--that no matter what he or she does, things
> will get worse and worse and worse. And that every effort to get out of the
> situation will only make it worse than it was before.
> In the general plot of other novels and stories, things get worse and worse
> until at the end it seems impossible to escape or succeed, but the lead
> does escape, succeed, or reach an otherwise satisfying ending ... with some
> hope out there.
> In the noir story or novel, there is no salvation, no light at the end of
> the tunnel, no success possible, If there is, it isn't noir.
> That's not how you do it, but that's how the best noir writers have done
> it. There ain't no noir template.
Terrill Lankford proves at the end of Blonde Lightning that the story's
protagonist does not have to be dead, maimed or in prison for a story to be noir
living with the bitter taste of ashes is sufficient
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