@vic-k Perhaps. In times of austerity we’re meant to retreat to fantasy and escapism, which helps to explain Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Dr Who and Luther/Sherlock. It doesn’t, however, explain Forbryldesen. A shot of Sarah Lund, early on in the series, in woolly pully and knickers, kept most blokes going back for more. You’ll have to accept…it’s the lure of the , ‘Who Done It’, with more red herrings than a ‘Rollmop bottling plant’. Or how one of the most boring (but ‘realistic’) crime writers (that Stieg Girl snoozefest) in recent times has just become the sixth book to sell over 2M copies in the UK. If you asked the two million readers what they thought about the trilogy. The sales could have more to do with expectation rather than the realisation of those same expectations. But! But! But! Why no mention of, the French, Spiral? , now that was/is good!
@fluff - cruelly (one must always use this word, non? [oui!]) rejected by agents, because in retrospect it wasn’t very good. But in the review process I had to deal with endless complaints about accuracy - both factual and ‘experienced’. About Jewishness, autism, Brighton seafront, coffee machines, funeral arrangements, mathematics. My main character drank too much, cried too much, the female reviewers scoffed at his ability to maintain a relationship. I was corrected (by people who weren’t there) on several things which had happened to me which I was putting down verbatim.
Although as it turns out, one man’s verbatim is quite different from an ex’s verbatim. How fickle memory - or reality - can be…at least you learnt something from the experience then.
Onwards, as they say. Actually, I think this realism thing is a reaction to all the SF I read growing up, and how I find it increasingly difficult to ‘think in SF’ terms. The world isn’t magical, and full of possibilities. It’s just there. On a good day, it mocks me. But mostly, it ignores me. As it should.
Ivan[i] A lack of realism, be it a realistic vampire, or a private secretary or rather a credibility gap surrounding those characters, is a deadener…unless there is something there to compensate. They have to engage your sense of…the absurd, I think. It’s what they achieved with the characters that mattered in ‘Shadowline’.