Monday, August 24, 2009

Exceptions to the rules

Monday, August 24, 2009

Yesterday's quotation made me think.

There are unwritten rules in traditional mystery writing. Sam Spade stated one. You don't let the baddies go. Traditional mysteries are about justice.

The narrator doesn't do the crime. That's another rule. And maybe every noir hero has some kind of code.

Can you think of others?

I won't list books that break the rules, but it would be fun to think of them.

At one time I read all of Agatha Christie's books. Now, they are not among my favorites. But when it comes to writing according to certain traditions, and then breaking those traditions to surprise you, she may be one of the best.


pattinase (abbott) said...

A rule-break the rules. They were set down entirely too long ago to apply.

Joe Barone said...

Patti, Sounds like you have a strong opinion about that! Thanks for the comment.