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Christopher Fowler
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Writers are a bunch of scruffbags. You should see us gathered together in a pub or restaurant - we look like tramps sheltering from the rain. The underrated, wonderful novelist Keith Waterhouse once said; 'I have not looked in a mirror for the last forty years.' And what's going on with George R R Martin here? Did he just kill someone? (Oh, yes, sorry, he killed everyone. EVERYONE.) Being a bit of…
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Christopher Fowler
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This is the first in a new occasional series about stories. Today let's look at so-called 'jumping the shark'. This is the moment when something happens in a story that's simply too much for the reader/viewer to swallow, and gets its name from an episode of 'Happy Days' in which Fonzie performs said stunt. It's also known as 'nuking the fridge' because of the moment when Harrison Ford protects…
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Christopher Fowler
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In these days of celebrity tell-all, it seems that writers are expected to resemble their creations. This has always escaped me, for the simple reason that I don't. When I write dark fiction, people come up to me and say 'You don't look anything like I imagined. I thought you'd be really sinister.' While writing the Bryant & May books, a reader accused me of looking nothing like my sleuths, and…
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