What Can Screenwriters Learn From Crime Fiction?

Over at Scriptmag, I’ve had a column on screenwriting for several years. To shake things up, I’ve decided to put crime fiction under the spotlight and discover what screenwriters can learn from this genre. Enjoy! Remember, if you want to read the whole article, CLICK HERE or on any of the pics! 1) Crime fiction…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Agatha Christie Novels Decoded

If you are a crime fiction aficionado, then chances are you will have read at least ONE Agatha Christie novel! (In fact, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE has turned up several times in this very site’s BEST OF 3 reader recommendations! Check them out, HERE). Most famous for her detective characters Hercule Poirot and Miss…

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Best of 3: True Crime Books

As crime fiction authors, we need to do our research … So here’s three of my favourite true crime books I’ve read recently! 1) The Innocent Killer by Michael Griesbach A detailed and fascinating look at the Steven Avery case in America, subject of the MAKING A MURDERER TV series. I don’t want to say…

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BEST OF 3: Paul Barrow aka @VelvetTortoise, writer

A Touch Of Frost by R.D. Wingfield WHY I LIKE IT: OK, I admit I only read the series of ‘Frost’ books because I loved David Jason playing the scruffy detective on screen but I immediately fell in love with them. Wingfield uses time periods rather than chapters – a technique which inspired my own…

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INFOGRAPHIC: TV Detectives

From Sherlock to Poirot (and beyond!), MANY of our favourite TV Detectives have started in crime novels, which was I found the infographic below particularly interesting. With “cops n’ docs” forming a huge chunk of our television characters, there’s obviously many more TV detectives than *just* the ones in this infographic. However, I did like…

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BEST OF 3: Ewen Glass, screenwriter

Samaritan – Richard Price WHY I LIKE IT: Well known for the novels, The Wanderers and Clockers, Richard Price went on to write what is, to me, the perfect urban crime story with The Samaritan. Price’s dialogue is magnificent (it’s no coincidence he’s also a screenwriter, credits including Ransom and The Wire) but it’s the…

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