Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Books or TV, That is the Question

My latest Mysterical-E column, inspired by a discussion with Peter Rozovsky of Detectives Beyond Borders, is now live.

4 comments:

Peter said...

I'll look in, and I'll post a link to this, once NoirCon is done. Thanks.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
http://www.detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/

Peter Rozovsky said...

This is a post worth responding to over time. With respect to pacing and cutting to the essentials, TV may be better at avoiding the dreaded information dump, except when it comes to highly technical subjects, as in the forensics that occasionally drag Law & Order scenes to a halt.

Have you read much Ken Bruen? His Brant and Roberts series does a good job of stripping action to its essentials.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
http://www.detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot

Gerald So said...

I agree about Bruen's economy, but at the same time his writing is very stylized. I don't think other novelists could cut to the essentials the way he does without being accused of copying him.

Peter Rozovsky said...

I forgot to mention that I attended a panel this week that you might have liked. It was called Books Into Film, and it was devoted to The Maltese Falcon.

Having just attended NoirCon, I'm naturally reading lots of noir. Scott Phillips and Christa Faust, to name two, write spare prose, though their style is not that similar. Phillips gave a talk after a screening of the movie based on his novel The Ice Harvest that also would be pertinent to this discussion. The talk focused less on the differences between movies and books as media for telling stories, though, and more on the sort of changes the director, Harold Ramis, had made and how they contributed to a slightly different tone from the book's.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
http://www.detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot