RARA-AVIS: Re: recent reads (and a weird review)

From: Charlie Williams (cs_will@hotmail.com)
Date: 29 Jul 2009

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, sonny <sforstater@...> wrote:
    > one annoying thing about the particular release is what's written on the back cover. "Before achieving critical acclaim as a serious author...." aaarrrrrggggggggh! and continues, '...paid the rent by writing several crime novels."

    Personally I quite like the fact that crime fiction is seen as "slumming it". Maybe it's because I was always one of the kids behind the bike sheds, smoking a crafty one, while others pursued mainstream glory on the sports field.

    If the crime genre should be lauded as "serious literature", as some people think it is, why is it littered with self-defeating motifs like backstreets, gutters and outsiders? Can't have it both ways.

    Maybe crime fiction *is* slumming it. But some folks live in those slums, and others are just tourists. Out of the two, who is going to find the gold? And who is going to get their ass kicked when they put a foot wrong?

    Just ruminating.


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