Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Recuring Themes in Current Crime Writing
As soon as a novel begins talking about a boys or girls camp, or a sports' team, or the boy scouts, I begin to think it's going to end up being about child molestation. I have read three books in the last year where that turned out to be the case. It ruined all three to various degrees because I was not supposed to figure it out at the first mention-- or in the case of one book within the first fifty pages.
All three were very well written, had a good protagonist and great atmospheric so they almost overcame it. Almost.
And I am sure these novels were all written without knowledge of each other-continents apart even. We're just living in a very small world and it's hard not to zero in on a certain trend in crimes.
Do you find these trends in the crime fiction or regular fiction you read too? Do we write in cycles where a certain abnormality or a particular shows up again and again. Cannibalism, sex slavery, wife abuse, kidnapping, meth labs and so on. If you see it coming, does it ruin it for you?