Monday, July 08, 2013
Change in Writing Styles
If you pick up a crime fiction novel from the first half or so of the last century. chances are the story will be told in a pretty straight forward way. I am thinking of almost any writer from that period. But today's crime fiction novel is likely to be closer to so-called literary fiction with lots of prose that would have been edited out in earlier days. I am reading THE SHINING GIRLS and am amazed by how much "style" there is compared to say something by Holding, Millar, Armstrong or even male writers of a half-century ago. I am not sure how I feel about this. Certainly the aerials impress, but perhaps it leads to a murkier plot sometimes.
When did this change happen and do you prefer your crime fiction straight up or with some fancy embellishments?