I'm not sure if it's being done just to entertain, or whether it really is necessary for the characters involved. A teenage Larsson witnessed three of his friends gang-raping a young girl, which he said inspired the theme of sexual violence against women in his work.
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Larsson's original title for the first part of his Millennium trilogy translates as 'Men Who Hate Women'. Violent films like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are in contrast to the more gentle works of Cleeves. A lot of it is subjective, of course. My work is less violent because we tend to write what we want to read … and I'm not that interested in gruesome books.
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Any violence, to fit in well with a crime novel, has to have compassion. Various academic studies have investigated the much debated issue of violence against women in the genre, questioning whether it is necessary, or simply for entertainment value. US crime writer Sara Paretsky has argued this form of violence reflects sexism in society.
Cleeves has had huge success with her Vera Stanhope and Shetland novels. ITV recently finished screening the third series of Vera, with Brenda Blethyn in the title role, and has commissioned a fourth, now being filmed in the north-east and due to be broadcast next year. She says she is aware families are being entertained by her shows on a murder theme but says she tries not to make her work 'gratuitous'.
A successful pilot of Shetland on BBC1 earlier this year, with Douglas Henshall as detective Jimmy Perez, has led to a six-part series being filmed now, also going to air next year. Cleeves praised a number of British and foreign crime authors, notably Swedish writer Johan Theorin and French author Pierre Lemaitre, both winners of the International Dagger award, given by the Crime Writers' Association for the best translated crime novel of the year. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Share this article Share.
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Paul currently has homes in Northamptonshire and Scotland but is looking to sell both so he can move to the Bridlington area. I just thought it would be a really good place to hide a body. I was walking along the clifftops at Sewerby and thought, as a crime writer, this is ideal. There is the beauty, the remoteness, but also there is a bustling town and villages nearby. All the locations in the book are real places in the Bridlington area, the characters are fictional and the name of the police force has been changed.
The second book in the trilogy, called The Dark Web, is due to be released in the summer and the final part, The Street Cleaner will be out in September. Paul spent 27 years as a police officer, working in Cumbria and Leeds, beforemoving to the National Criminal Intelligence Service.
He has already written more than 30 true-life crime books, and one about the Loch Ness Monster, before turning his hand to fiction. I interviewed lots and lots of serial killers. Sign in Edit Account Sign Out. Vodafone store to open in former Bridlington cafe More than 1, empty homes in East Yorkshire vacant for six months or longer.
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