There are those people who rarely read crime fiction and have good reasons to do so. But, if they give crime fiction a chance, they will understand why there is such a genre. Here are the reasons why:
1. Non-fiction provides you the facts. The fiction about it provides you the feelings.
Most of us start their research by reading non-fiction accounts of events. But if you want to know eyewitness accounts, better look into the writings of those who were there. Most fiction writers use their experiences and those of others in their writing. They present it with a better picture that stays in your mind much better than a photograph.
2. Crime fiction is as good as social criticism.
Lawlessness and corruption in society has brought about crime fiction. The cynicism is in response to the depression, corruption, brutality, racism, and the double standards in society. Most crime fiction depicts these themes because of its prevalence in society.
3. Crime fiction mirrors the social conditions that “cultivates” crime.
This is something related to #2. But ever since Hollywood began making films from crime novels, the typical story line about catching-the-killer-before-he-kills-again became formulaic. These films don’t show a statement to the society that produced the killer. It’s not as simple as “society made him do it.” Depicting violence shouldn’t be about sensationalizing the gore. It’s about describing the violent consequences that may last for decades. And crime fiction should move people to act upon on this.
4. Crime fiction isn’t about killing, it can also show white-collar crimes.
White-collar crimes happen in the corporate world and described in one word: greed. White-collar criminals don’t need to kill. “Behind every great fortune lies a great crime,” the French author Honoré de Balzac once wrote. Many authors have written about it. But sometimes, the only place where corrupt men and women go to jail or get killed is in the pages of our novels.
5. Crime fiction can analyze the life and times of one person.
Josef Stalin said, “One death is a tragedy, one million deaths is a statistic.” Unfortunately, a lot of contemporary crime fiction is escapism. But best crime writers can dramatize the solitary and tragic life of a single character. They make the reader feel the pain, sorrow, loss, and injustice that character had gone through.
6. You’ll discover new and unknown crime fiction writers.
Most of the new, aspiring writers start with crime fiction because the genre is in demand. At the same time, most writers create their first fiction from experience. And if you read more of these writers and their works, the publishers and the reading public might take notice.
I appeal to those who don’t read crime fiction, give the genre a chance and discover our different world.