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Imitation and limitation
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In this chapter literary, genre and thematic influences are explored, along with learning by imitation. In particular, the development of genre and numerous sub-genres is considered in relation to imitation. Sub-genre boundaries and the limits of learning directly from others are explored, with reference to originality and landmark texts. Ideas around searching for originality and marked difference are examined, also in relation to Henry Sutton’s continuation fiction, First Frost. Series crime fiction is analysed for both continuity and development, with examples from Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Jean Hanff Korelitz, among others. First lines from landmark texts are analysed, and the concept of reading as writer explored. Brit Noir is examined, while there is a deeper investigation into Raymond Chandler’s fictional approaches, with mention of William Faulkner. The debt writers pay to other writers is further explored, with reference to Margaret Atwood’s Negotiating the Dead, and how individuality can best be enabled.

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