- Jan 22, 2008
That's exactly how I felt! "You're the author, that's your job!"
To be fair she couldn't have explained then what Wimsey was looking for as it would have effectively have identified the murderer relatively quickly, but although it didn't worry me I confess it did seem a bit strange since, in reply to the question "What would we be lookin' for?" all she need have done was write eg "Wimsey told him." and left it at that. I've never noticed it in any of her other work, though, so I've no idea what made her decide to do it on that occasion. Actually, I wonder if she did give the answer originally, but the editor pulled it at the last minute because it gave the game away.That's exactly how I felt! "You're the author, that's your job!"
The reason I would characterize this (which is not obvious from what I posted) is that Mr. MacLean uses this technique to foreshadow future events. He always keeps these to one sentence asides, so as a reader, I find myself continuing on in the story, but if I stop and think about it, the only way to interpret these is as the writer directly addressing me.True, but breaking the fourth wall in a narrative, especially a first person narrative, requires something more blatant, because we already assume someone is telling us the story. The example given here is not out of character for a first person narrative and I would not consider it breaking the fourth wall.
Was just wondering if it is ever used in murder mysteries? I'd find it handy if the narrator paused the thing and went 'hey you, yeah you -think about what's going on in this scene and ask yourself what would a fishmonger be doing with a hand grenade?', or the likes. Or possibly a picture of a magnifying glass in the margin when important plot stuff crops up -surprised Amazon don't do it with their electronic book reader.
Thanks, will check the film out -cool idea; the web would kill a modern version ...an intermission to run an internet search for the culprit!In 'The Beast Must Die' there is an 'intermission' towards the end of the movie where the viewer is asked to deduce who the werewolf is. But (as I mentioned above) I don't class this as an example of breaking the fourth wall, as it is the narrator's voice.
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