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A beautiful woman dies and a man feels bad: why crime fiction needs a new MO

Think of a piece of crime fiction. What broad plot points spring to mind? There’s a not-so-terrible chance your selection includes a beautiful dead woman and a sad male protagonist for whom the crime prompts a journey of discovery and personal development. In this brief animation, the US writer Laura Lippman argues that it’s time for writers to strike a fatal blow to this tired trope, and make sure that victims – especially female victims that belong to marginalised groups – are treated as human beings instead of mere plot devices.

Director: Keith Stack

Producer: Aaron Augenblick

Website: Topic

1 April 2019

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