Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:How to write noir

Date: 04 Mar 2009

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    In a message dated 3/4/09 11:51:02 AM, 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

    John Lau

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