I’m delighted to welcome Tom Halford here, today, with this most interesting and informative post.
Misunderstandings in Comedy and Crime Fiction
One common thread between the crime genre and comedy is that both rely on misunderstandings.
A hallmark of the crime genre is the Red Herring, which is a strategy used by many crime writers to distract or mislead the reader. More specifically, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles is essentially about a series of misunderstandings. I’m going to describe the plot as vaguely as possible so that I don’t spoil it for anyone. People mistake an individual for someone he is not, and people mistake an animal for something it is not. The moment that Holmes and Watson are able to see things for what they truly are, the plot is essentially unraveled.
A similar argument could be made for The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allen…
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