Dae-Su holds a hammer above his head in an iconic scene from the 2003 Korean film Oldboy.

The Allure of Crime Subgenres

Exploring crime subgenres is like shopping for paint. Right when you think it’s all black and white, you find a whole new world of Inkwell and Iron Ore, Snowbound and Eggshell. There’s an endless universe of infinite subgenre possibilities, often with subgenres changing as the story moves from one character arc to another.
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Don Fanucci Walks the Streets of Little Italy in The Godfather II.

The Score: 3 Ways Music Helps Make a Memorable Crime Movie Moment (Warning: Graphic Images)

Don Fanucci walks the crowded streets of Little Italy. The parade marches. Prophetically ominous horns play a powerful refrain, setting the stage for one of the most iconic murders in cinema history. A perfect example of how music can make a crime movie moment infinitely more memorable. But how exactly do crime films do it? Let’s look at the three most popular ways.
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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.

The Thin Line Between Transgressive Literature and Crime Fiction

Breaking and entering. Theft. Racketeering. Probably not the first words that come to mind when you think of Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. One of the most popular modern works of transgressive literature, this layered and conceptually driven story is filled with as many criminal acts as The Godfather trilogy. So why does Fight Club fall into the transgressive category instead of crime? First, let’s look at what transgressive literature actually is.
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Elmore Leonard Writing at his Typewriter.

The Rhythm of Writing Crime Fiction

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” These famous words from Elmore Leonard sum up the style of one of the most influential crime fiction writers of our time. In Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, he even goes on to say “I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.”
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Earl Tubb's Mailbox From Southern Bastards.

Building Community Through Comic Book Backmatter

Since the silver age of superhero comics, the letters column has played an integral role in bridging the gap between publishers and readers. Over time, the letters column disappeared from mainstream comics as Internet forums and social media usage expanded. Though it’s never made a big comeback with DC or Marvel, creator-owned comics have ushered in a renaissance of comic book backmatter.
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