Sunday, February 10, 2008

Mystery Genre - Does it get the respect it deserves?

I saw an interesting article in the Sunday New York Times about Joan Brady, an American author living in England, who sued a shoe factory near her home for poisoning her with toxic fumes. She was awarded $230,000 damages.

As proof that she was damaged, she presented her novel, Bleedout, a mystery thriller, and claimed it was only written because she could no longer concentrate on her 'literary' novel, which she had to abandon due to neurological damage.

So, in essence, if you write mysteries, your suffering from brain damage!

Here's the link to the article. Let me know what you think.

1 comment:

R.J. Keller said...

Ridiculous. A good mystery is hard to write. The pace and timing has to be just right, the clues subtle enough that they don't drop like an anvil on your readers' heads, but obvious enough so they can say "AH!!!" when the mystery is solved. The essential 'puzzle' needs to be woven within an entertaining story, and a mystery often times depicts human frailities in a way no other genre can. Dorothy L. Sayers' Wimsey novels are an excellent example.