Hello everyone.

My name is Edgar and I am a debut noir / crime fiction writer for ZOVABooks. I am very excited to be included in their catalog and have my book available for readers everywhere. I am new to this blogging phenomenon, so be gentle.

For my first blog post, I’d like to share some ideas and thoughts I have on noir, as a genre.

I’ve always found noir a very interesting style, not only in fiction writing, but film as well. One of the key aspects of noir is the characters, namely the heroes. Noir heroes, more appropriately called protagonists are seldom heroes at all, but rather antiheroes.

This blends well with the next aspects of the genre: theme. Because the themes are usually dark and the protagonists are antiheroes, the main characters can be complex. Often times, the protagonists are good people who do bad things and the “villains” are bad people who do good things.

This multi-dimensional character structure, I feel, gives noir fiction a touch of realism. After all, how often do any of us meet completely good or bad people? The world often times is in shades of gray rather than black and white.

So, the characters are often on the wrong side of the law, if not walking a fine line trying to make their way in the world.

I suppose I have more to say, but I would love to hear what all you think.


About Edgar J. Rossi

Edgar J. Rossi was born and raised in Southern California. He has worked as a bartender, a celebrity bodyguard, and a freelance writer. He has a degree in writing and has never regretted it. Now he spends his free time writing stories that he feels he would want to read. He currently lives in Las Vegas with his extensive old movie collection and cat named Chandler. View all posts by Edgar J. Rossi

2 responses to “Noir

  • raven26

    Certainly it’s a character’s flaws that make them interesting and relatable. I think what separates a noir character from a thriller one is an underdog status. They’re outnumbered, outgunned, battling addictions and demons, and the only thing on their side is their stubbornness (and possibly a .45). Flawed characters are fun because you want them to succeed, to change, but the emotional payout is when they fail. (Baltar on BSG, Mal Reynolds on Firefly, Vic Mackey on The Shield).

  • Edgar J. Rossi

    Absolutely right. Dark pasts and questionable futures. The audience wonders how they’re gonna survive. And of course, a .45.

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