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Key Ingredients in Detective Fiction

-Detective
-Mystery
-victim
-sidekick
-culprit(s)
-evidence
-secrets
-crime
-murder
-theft
-suspects
-suspense
-clues
-tension
-crime scene
-secretive
-investigation
-cliff hangers
-red herrings
-plot twist
-multiple theories
-sub plots
-dramatic

2

Why is detective fiction so popular?

-strong, forward, moving, pacy, plot
-satisfaction of resolution CATHARSIS
-familiar characters - stereotypes? series?
-being as smart as (or smarter) than the detective in solving the problem
-nosiness, human tragedy is always interesting
-living vicariously; experience the worst without having to live it; experience a different social class - detectives can move between classes easily.
-allows writers to present complex and challenging ideas in a format that is familiar and safe for the readers

3

Characterisation

Characterisation refers to how a character is presented. This can be information given to the audience by the author about how they look, their behaviour or personality.

4

Who wrote Sherlock Holmes?

Arthur Conan Doyle

5

Who is Sherlock Holmes' assistant?

John Watson and he is a doctor.