Best-selling book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was a huge success last year. The book itself details a complex and intriguing husband-and-wife relationship between Nick and Amy Dunne. The book has since been praised as one of the best crime fiction novels of 2014, despite the lack of police procedure in the book.
That being said, police procedure isn’t always required in crime fiction novels. All writers promote and encourage research in their writing – with advice such as “write what you know” being a common mantra when it comes to research for a novel. So with the genre shifting to that of supposed “true crime fiction”, is this allowing new forms of loopholes for research?
I think that the shift is because of the popularity of police procedural fiction at the moment. With that comes the task of creating a credible, realistic detective for a story that steers clear of all the genre clichés. So by exploring “true crime fiction” through the eyes of the public, there are greater possibilities for new and exciting takes on the genre – with less stress on writers to “stand out”.
So is the change reflective of writers refusing to do research? Unlikely. With crime fiction being such a popular topic for today’s readers, it’s a new way for new writers to stand out in such a competitive genre.
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