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David Lynch + Assimilation of Avant-Garde Aesthetics in Subversive, Mainstream Soundtracks (Part 1)

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Introduction – The Boundaries Of Criteria. “He was the most original director in 1980s cinema, its only surrealist” – Mark Cousins on David Lynch (2004, p.394). The avant-garde is like a spark or a...
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Professionally organized, this intriguing blog & webpage is easy to navigate, well-organized and visually stimulating. Specifically, the essay, “David Lynch + Assimilation of Avant-Garde Aesthetics in Subversive Mainstream Soundtracks” is phenomenal and hits on key film noir elements, in relation to the highly experimental, surrealist-meets-mainstream-entertainment film director, Mr. David Lynch. This in-depth, sophisticated essay includes an introduction to David Lynch’s uniquely blended directorial style; dives into Lynch’s background and synthesis of noir fiction, avant-garde, and surrealist storytelling; describes the visuals and narrative of Lynch’s “Subverted Film Noir” (including embedded video clips from Mulholland Drive, emphasizing its visuals and musical soundtrack); and, lastly, it presents Lynch’s outstanding and peculiar focus on his female characters (and their doppelgangers) within his quintessential neo-noir filmmaking narratives. This essay series is broken into 3 separate parts, the first of which is described and presented above.

 

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This is a phenomenal digital resource for the sophisticated reader and/or educator because it is dense, yet accessible, in its in-depth introduction to, and analysis of, film noir, specifically David Lynch’s neo-Noir films. The essay itself is creative and engaging in a way that conveys the feeling to the reader that they are really going to learn something new here. The essay is well-referenced and is concise in its narrative. Though the essay builds on the fact that the reader perhaps should know something about David Lynch as a director, or at least something about Lynch’s unique position of being a quirky neo-Noir film pioneer, the introduction serves well as a scaffolding, considerate text. There is so much interesting information within each section of the essay that many high school curricular ideas and activities can come out of reviewing this one digital resource.

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Wordplay with Nika Harper #3: Words Noir - YouTube

G&S Forums: http://www.geekandsundry.com/forums/categories/nika-harper Read "Story with No Name": http://nikaharper.tumblr.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/ni...
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This is a light-yet-captivating video blog describing the key elements of noir fiction, hosted by blogger Nika Harper. The professionally stylized video features a well-rounded overview of what “noir” means, as well as describes its important origins in pulp and “hardboiled crime fiction”. Themes mentioned include: crime, violence, murder, mystery, theft, and speeding tickets. There is also an interesting brief discussion of the most common features of a noir novel, namely, a male protagonist detective who is usually portrayed as a "decent guy", currently reflecting upon a dark reality surrounding himself, which begins to sculpt his darker, more cynical worldview. This YouTube video also features links to Nika Harper’s literary Tumblr article, "Story with No Name", as well as links to the G&S Forums.

 

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This is a really resourceful ‘starter’ resource, in that its brevity (nearly 4-mintues long) does not sacrifice quality information. It is still packed with the well-organized breakdown of noir fiction, in its great overview of themes, origins, and protagonist character analysis. This resource would be perfect for both student and teacher 'noir researcher' who is looking for a concise resource that is easy to understand, while also hitting on all the key elements of the highly characterized and nuanced genre of noir fiction. Overall, it serves as a great introduction to the concept of noir fiction and noir protagonists, without seeming too academic. Visually and structurally, this video blog resource is a quick and engaging look into all things noir, as well as servings as a general example of video-blogging that students themselves can easily learn how to do with a noir assignment.

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Female Spanish Noir and Detective Fiction: From 1990s to the Present - Eva París-Huesca [11/7/13] - YouTube

Female Spanish Noir and Detective Fiction: From 1990s to the Present Public Colloquium with Research Associate Eva Paris-Huesca 11/7/2013 This talk explores ...
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This YouTube video features the recording of a 50-minute public colloquium with research associate Eva París-Huesca, who presents her thesis topic of “Female Spanish Noir and Detective Fiction: From 1990s to the Present”. In this rich and engaging talk, the presenter gives a spectrum of great noir representations, from both literature and film references, and emphasizes the female presence in noir as both character and author, as well as film directors. Interestingly, the researcher describes the topical similarities and differences among both noir literature and noir films, which are historically entwined and continue to influence one another greatly.

 

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This is a fascinating resource because it (ideally) offers something new to the study of noir for high school students, in its well-rounded presentation of the history of the very specific subversive role traditionally given to women within the noir genre. The resource is also an excellent choice because it offers a fairly critical and in-depth look into the genre of noir and includes both historical and contemporary examples.

This is definitely a more refined and mature noir resource that can be topically integrated into a larger high school discussion, classroom project and/or literary (or film) research paper. The video format also lends some visual and auditory diversity and engagement in how students are introduced to the topic, which is likely to further compliment other digital resources, such as blogs and articles on the same subject.

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Mystery Resources for Teacher Librarians

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This resource contains an annotated list of hyperlinks designed for teachers and teacher librarians who are focusing a literary unit on mysteries.  Many varied elements of noir mysteries are represented including the often pivotal plot point of murder, the power of suspense and understanding the sometimes misleading difference between good and evil.  

 

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The webpage includes lesson plans, games and resources for grades k-12, as well as resources designed for student exploration.  This webpage is only a small part of a larger page called “Resources for Teacher Librarians”.  The entire page was created specifically to help educators find fresh, varied and effective literature lesson plans for their classroom.  Created and maintained by a teacher librarian, the scope and quality of this page makes it an invaluable resource for all educators.  

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"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" : Figurative Language in Noir

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This wiki explores the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” as an example of an interesting insight, homage and parody of film noir.  It identifies and provides examples of literary tools and themes used in the film and provides them all in an easily readable bullet point list.  Each literary term is hyperlinked to a page that provides more information about that specific term.  

 

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This wiki is a wonderful resource for teachers who may want to show the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in their classroom as part of a unit on noir literature.  This resource allows busy teachers to quickly view an exhaustive analysis of the film and find themes and connections upon which they want to expand.  The wiki itself could also be used as a fill-in-the blank worksheet.

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Exploring Literacy through Gaming

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This article critically explores the potential literary curriculum that can be developed around the video game L.A. Noir, available from Rockstar games.  Berger and McDougall test the idea of using an authorless format to help students understand and analyze noir literature.  

 

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This resource is a university study that will help teachers validate and implement non-reading literature into their school curriculum.  This article presents a study on students and teachers and provides the results and reactions of the lesson.  These reactions help prepare teachers for potential student reactions to a curriculum that puts the student in the driver’s seat of not only literature analysis, but also plot.  

 

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Storyville: What is Neo-Noir Fiction?

Storyville: What is Neo-Noir Fiction? | Noir High School Resources | Scoop.it
Neo-noir fiction is literally defined as
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This article is a great way of introducing students to a contemporary take on a well-known genre. While students may be familiar with vampire thrillers, they may not know that the elements those stories follow is a take on a classic. Neo-noir (New-black) is a blending of genres. This article discusses the progression of the genre and its popularity emerging today. Students can learn about the different elements and genres that it takes to create a suspenseful and nail biting experience.

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This murder mystery game is a novel way to quiz students on an Agatha Christie book | HotChalk Lesson Plans Page

This murder mystery game is a novel way to quiz students on an Agatha Christie book | HotChalk Lesson Plans Page | Noir High School Resources | Scoop.it
Title - Murder Mystery Game By - Dawn Pawlowski Primary Subject - Language Arts Grade Level - 9-12 Objectives: Students will...   (1)
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This site has excellent links to noir/mystery writing and reading lesson plans and instructional design plans. The lesson plans on the site introduce high school students to the noir fiction genre, and it details how teachers can use it in the curriculum-using cross curriculum. By applying the scientific method, students will learn to use the powers of observation as they examine characters, style, and plot. This murder mystery game allows students to predict, observe, make connections, and show evidence to support their findings. This is a quality resource and supports the Common Core State Standards in the following ways:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3
Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.8
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

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07.02.02: Using a Mystery Novel to Encourage Pleasure Reading and Imaginative Thinking

07.02.02: Using a Mystery Novel to Encourage Pleasure Reading and Imaginative Thinking | Noir High School Resources | Scoop.it
The Yale National Initiative to Strengthen Teaching in Public Schools, which builds upon the success of a four-year National Demonstration Project, promotes the establishment of new Teachers Institutes that adopt the approach to professional development that has been followed for more than twenty-five years by the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.
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This article, written  by the Yale National Initiative, examines ways that using noir/mystery fiction in the classroom can benefit students. Not only this genre engaging, it can help reinforce literary elements, writing style, critical thinking skills, analytical and deductive reasoning, and more.

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Sleuth: Noir

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Sleuth is an open-ended detective RPG where you solve mysteries by searching for clues, questioning suspects and interviewing witnesses.
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In order to be able to write about a mystery it is important to be able to identify the pieces necessary. This game allows the player to search for clues and ask questions of characters in the story line whether they are suspects or witnesses. This free game requires a lot of reading and while interactive it is necessary to work your way through the problems presented.

This game makes the player think and remember the places and people that are interviewed. It is a single player game so there are no issues of being exposed to outside chat.

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Mysterical-E

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This website offers e-versions of its literary journal that contains short stories and series pieces from many different types of mystery stories. These short stories give a great idea of how to put together a short mystery from many different authors. Many cultures are represented throughout the different selections, as well as the different styles of writing. It would be a great exploration tool for students looking for plots ideas or general writing ideas.

The magazine is published 4 times a year and all issues are archived for future use. There are also podcasts available so that students would be able to hear a story play out. The site has been running since 2005 and allows people to submit their work for possible inclusion in the journal.

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Out Demons Out!: YA Noir: Teenage Wasteland Lit

Out Demons Out!: YA Noir: Teenage Wasteland Lit | Noir High School Resources | Scoop.it
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In this quirky and smart blog post, blogger Andy Seven highlights some great noir titles for contemporary young adults, while providing brief comparative analyses of each author's voice and style. Among the titles and authors mentioned: Robert Cormier (The Chocolate War, Tenderness), S. E. Hinton (Rumble Fish), Theodore Weesner (The Car Thief), John Rechy (The Fourth Angel), and, the “most famously”, Blake Nelson (Paranoid Park), among many others. Each noir title mentioned is given a brief plot introduction and background of the author, as well as an interesting discussion of each teenage protagonist. Other dark, thematic noir elements that are featured in the YA novels are also explored. Lastly, there are brief mentions of, and opinions about, film directors that took some classic noir books to film, such as Gus Van Sant (Paranoid Park) and Greg Araki (Mysterious Skin).

 

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This is a really excellent resource that is highly accessible to both young adult and adult audiences. It is conversationally written, as most blogs are, yet it remains smart and knowledgeable in its select choice of books and authors, as well as in its comparative analyses of both. The books reviewed here are all mature YA choices that represent both quality and popular literature written by important authors in the history of noir fiction. The mention of books-to-films also serves as a great film noir resource that could extend a YA noir literature assignment into the realm of film noir. Another great feature of this blog is its inclusion of colorful cover art of the noir books mentioned, which lends some important visual noir elements to the reader as well.

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Max Payne Graphic Novel - YouTube

The original Max Payne story as a graphic novel.
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This YouTube video, Max Payne, Part 1: The American Dream, features a live narration with full visuals of the graphic novel based off the original noir character story of Max Payne (also a popular video game). The video, 58 minutes long, lends great quintessential noir visuals, tone, and voice, to the protagonist NYPD detective Max Payne in this contemporary classic. Each page of the graphic novel is presented in high definition throughout the video, and both the written dialogue and narration can be clearly read along by the audience with the gravely, deep-voiced voice actor in a true noir detective tone. The illustrations are both dark and complex, brilliantly mimicking the unique look of many shadowy noir films, as well as mirroring the much-loved visuals from the Max Payne video game series.

 

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The video production is smooth and seamless, and even though the visuals are of the still-framed illustrations of the graphic novel, it feels much like a film. The resource itself is easy to navigate, which is convenient for a teacher and/or presenter wishing to shuffle through the video to highlight key points in the narration. It is also a great visual and auditory resource demonstrating important noir themes, easily used without having to show students an entire noir film. Since the video is taken straight from the graphic novel, it might be a fun activity to have students follow along with the graphic novel in front of them. The voice acting is stunning, heightening the narration’s dark and rich dramatics, which may also inspire students to do their own voice-acting of the graphic novel, and/or develop their own noir character scripts to perform in front of the class. Just as a noir film studies or film showing would greatly compliment the reading of young adult noir novels, the showing and reading of the Max Payne graphic novel is yet another engaging way students can explore and research the many specific elements of noir fiction. 

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BBC : The Rules of Film Noir

BBC : The Rules of Film Noir | Noir High School Resources | Scoop.it

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mbstz

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This documentary discusses film and literature noir by examining the critical elements that are needed for a piece to be defined as such.  Through visual examples and solid narration, this hour length feature expresses the highlights of the genre, including the murkiness of good versus bad, mistrust of large or governmental institutions, and femme fatale character.  It incorporates snippets from some of the most notable noir films, and interviews and analysis from literary critics and scholars.  

 

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This resource is entertaining, accessible and thought provoking.  The analysis of each component of noir is explained and discussed at length.  The narrative can be tongue and cheek, and will speak well to a high school audience.  This documentary sets itself apart not only through its exhaustive look at the highlights of noir, but also by acknowledging the effect that World War II and the American economy had on the creation and maintenance of the genre.

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Film Noir Studies

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Film Noir Studies provides an exhaustive and critical look at noir, with a slight focus on the role of women in the genre.   Valuable elements of this website include a list of noir films listed by year, and multiple quality links to other noir-centric web pages.  It also provides essays that take an in-depth look at different aspects of noir.

 

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This website was created and is maintained by an online professor of noir studies who has written internationally recognized essays while pursuing his Master’s degree.  Although this website focuses on noir films, the analyses transcend mediums and can be applied to any noir work.  The multiple essays take an in-depth look at different aspects of noir such as universal characteristics embodied in the protagonist character, and noir works on the fringe of the genre.  Noir scholars are welcome to submit their own essays for review and potential publication.  High school teachers could create a lesson plan surrounding submitting student essays for review.  

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Noir Photography

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This webpage is a photographic tutorial that highlights five important considerations when creating noir-style photography.  These five tips incorporate many of the trends of noir in any format.  

 

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This clean and informative article acknowledges the subtle and obtuse trends in noir photography and explains how to artistically manifest both.  Teachers can use this resource to help expand a noir literature lesson plan to incorporate artistic and visual aspects.  This assessable tutorial assists even the novice photographer in creating lighting, subject, mood and tone through design instead of technologic tricks.  These tips come with visual examples and can also be applied to illustrations.

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The Crime Time Resources and links

The Crime Time Resources and links | Noir High School Resources | Scoop.it
crime time resources and links
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Crime Time has the latest news, books, games, and more. This fantastic sources offers direct links to online crime and mystery magazines, online bookstores, crime fiction publishers, crime and mystery sites, and much more. Students could utilize the sources provided on the site for further exploration and examination of the topic.

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Unsolved Mysteries WebQuest: Introduction

Unsolved Mysteries WebQuest: Introduction | Noir High School Resources | Scoop.it
Introduction to 'Unsolved Mysteries,' an online research project
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Do you have what it takes to solve an unsolved mystery? In this interactive research paper, students will examine what is needed in order to solve a mystery. Students will use the key elements and critical thinking skills explored through the process of analyzing noir fiction to complete the writing task. They will examine facts, present original theories, support their findings by providing sufficient evidence. Collaborating in groups, students will take this information and produce a documentary on the unsolved mystery. Not only is this project fun and engaging, students must rely on higher level thinking and evaluate the content they find.

This is a quality resource and supports the Common Core State Standards in the following ways:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3
Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.8
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

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Noir Fiction

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While mystery novels may not be a new concept, “noir”, meaning black, is a relatively new genre of writing. Beginning nearly a century ago, noir fiction emerged and the hardboiled private eye detective changed. No longer was the investigator the protagonist and hero, he could be a suspect, victim, or anything else. Tuttle’s(2006) article “Noir Fiction” examines the ways noir fiction had developed and changed since the late 1920s. By taking a closer look at specific titles and sub genres, Tuttle explores the endless possibilities that is noir fiction.

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Daniel Handler at the LA Times Festival of Books - YouTube

Daniel Handler chats with LARB A.V. about how noir and gothic literature speak to the existential dread of being a child. More great interviews, profiles and...
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This interview shows how Daniel Handler applies the trials ans tribulations of childhood. His first series of books was a big hit with children 10-14 and plays to the dark side of the pre-teen years. As with his writing the interview has elements of comedy in it. It shows that noir does not only exist in the adult world.

This short video gives a different view on the use of noir to create a storyline. The fact that the author has a series that is highly popular with the age of the target students will draw the students in and gives credence to the information given.

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The Immobilized Man in Noir Fiction - The Write Practice

The Immobilized Man in Noir Fiction - The Write Practice | Noir High School Resources | Scoop.it
It seems that Noir fiction has penetrated literature, even though nobody is really sure what it represents. It’s become a buzzword, used for a stylish touch.
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This site is a blog that is created to encourage the practice of daily writing. Each day a new task is published that gives a short description of the writing that will be done that day. At the end of each blog post there is a short prompt and an area to submit your writing using the prompt. Others can comment on the submissions. The blog is written by a group of people of various backgrounds, from writers to lawyers. The blog entry that is accessible here describes the characteristics of the most common character of noir and gives a prompt that allows for further development of the character.

This site allows for the students to get a taste of the traits of the main characters in noir writing and allows for the students to get feedback from the writers of the blog.

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Writing Noir and Crime Fiction with special guest Megan Abbott | Fiction School Podcast #21 - Fiction School

Writing Noir and Crime Fiction with special guest Megan Abbott | Fiction School Podcast #21 - Fiction School | Noir High School Resources | Scoop.it
Fiction School is so stoked to have Megan Abbott on the show this week. She's one of the best writers of noir and crime fiction in the business today, and she's also an awesome and nice person. (It's good to chat with a nice person about, as she says, "people doing bad things.") On the show, Megan and the Fiction School hosts talk about what makes for good noir, how she fell into writing noir and tweaks the genre's conventions, some great ways to do writing research, Megan's experience writing the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her novel, and lots more. And "wet shower dreams," too.
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This interview is a great way to introduce the subject of writing noir, it talks about the characteristics of the noir genre as well as giving tips on how to research your story line. The interview is a friendly exchange of ideas between the author and the three professors that host the podcasts. The language is easy to follow and give a great inside view of writing, not only in this genre but others as well.

The fact that the hosts of the podcast are all literature professors who are also writers lends towards the content being on tack to help students understand some of the nuances of writing in the genre.

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