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You solely have to take a look at the best-seller lists of any journal or complement to understand that love and crime are sometimes readers' favourite subjects. It is widespread to search out the most recent crime novel by Carmen Mola, Eva García Sáenz de Urturi, Juan Gómez-Jurado or Susana Martín Gijón, or the latest love story by Alice Kellen, Blue Jeans or Andrea Longarela, within the high positions.

It is paradoxical, as a result of they’ve been genres normally mistreated by critics and academia: Jorge Luis Borges identified that critics and teachers didn’t just like the police as a result of it was not boring sufficient. The journalist and author Marta Robles has determined to research these contradictions and unite each literary types within the Rosa & Negro pageant, which begins this Tuesday, February 13 in Tres Cantos and can final for six days filled with actions with screenings, talks, boards and awards ceremonies.

“Despite the sales figures, even today they continue to be little considered. I do not believe that literature, because it is black or pink, is good or bad; It is measured by its literary values, like any other color,” argues Robles. Prejudice in the direction of each genders just isn’t the one hyperlink between them, maybe the obvious is that of the predefined patterns through which each function. “The crime novel seeks to surprise and the romantic novel seeks to excite; In both genres you have to control the times well to maintain the rhythm. You have some ingredients that the reader is familiar with beforehand and the challenge is to be able to mix them and make the result unique and work,” says romance author Alice Kellen, the best-selling in Spain in 2022 and writer of titles similar to Where every little thing shines (2023) y The map of wishess (2022). “The luck factor is decisive, being in the right place and at the right time,” responds modestly about her success, who can be “godmother” of the occasion and proposed Mónica Rouanet and Abril Camino, authors of romantic novels, for the pageant.

For Juan Díaz Canales, screenwriter of Blacksad (the quintessential European noir comedian), the codes and stereotypes of the 2 types are, on the similar time, a blessing and a curse. “On the one hand, it has a lot of ground gained; It is good to handle the characteristic elements because it makes you have a grammar, a common language, the reader expects a series of things, that the characters behave in a certain way. But at the same time, you can fall into repetition; That's why it's interesting to look for a mix of genres.” The cartoonist, who shall be current on Saturday at a spherical desk about comics noirfactors as examples of this hybridization to Blade Runnerwhich mixes science fiction and black style, and even with superheroes such because the 90s animated collection Batman, by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini.

The writer and organizer of the Rosa & Negro festival, Marta Robles.
The author and organizer of the Rosa & Negro pageant, Marta Robles.Tres Cantos Town Hall

Another proof of the pliability of the style is the graphic novel Counterpass (2021), about two investigators within the Franco period of the Fifties and the place detective, suspense and historic types come collectively. Its writer, Teresa Valero, is one other of these invited to Saturday's debate, together with Díaz Canales, Carlos Portela and Antonio Altarriba. “I am interested in the genre not so much because of the enigma to be solved, but because of the social substance and the construction of characters,” she says. The high quality of adapting to different sorts of story can be possessed by romance; could be instructed via a dystopia, just like the film Lobster (2015), or a gothic story just like the C literary traditionalstormy clouds (1847). “It is an inexhaustible and very broad topic, which fits into almost any other situation and allows us to explore the ins and outs of the human being or travel to different eras,” says Kellen, who will reasonable a number of conferences (the total program could be seen right here).

To the literary stigma and the pliability of swimming in different genres, one other level in widespread may very well be added to pink and black: the very lengthy custom that each stick with it their backs. It is tough to hint its origins exactly, however the former had an preliminary rise with Nineteenth-century Romanticism, which noticed authors similar to Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters; whereas the second might have discovered a genesis within the Twenties with Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, a consolidation of its ambiance with the arrival of the German Expressionists in Hollywood (Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak) and a diversification into numerous subgenres. presently.

Beyond traditions and norms, the target of labels is to information the reader about the kind of tales they may discover and to not restrict themselves to a mode. Kellen notes: “Genres are high quality in order that booksellers can place books in an orderly method, let's put it that means, however I believe {that a} reader, a great reader, has to go additional. Reading ought to open our minds and never the opposite means round. You must free your self a bit, proper? Calmly enter a bookstore, stroll round with out paying an excessive amount of consideration to the indicators, learn the primary pages…

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