Literary Analysis : Modern Detective Fiction

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Modern detective fiction has been employed cross-culturally predominantly with television media in recent decades as detective serve as reflections of cultural assumptions and values conveyed through the genre. Authors of new innovative storylines with unique characterizations and revitalizations of classic, ageless characters coincide to present new shift messages about crimes, the human element, and the detective. The comparable and divergent adaptations of detective genre is coming when comparing sociocultural messages from opposite ends of the globe, to identify new relevancy with unique cinematic selections. Beginning with modern 20th century Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo, translated as The Kindaichi Case Files, incorporates the young, or teenage, genius detective motif within the “whodunit” branch of the genre. The characterization and foils represent more modern adaptions to the genre and a shift of target audience for detective fiction in Japan, a direct contrast to recent detective fiction characterizations found in BBC’s Sherlock, the latest in the Sherlock Holmes modernizations with emphasis on realism and greater over all subplots indicative of the original source material. A comparative overview of these works character portrayals, plots, and settings reflect varieties of cultural assumptions detective characterizations, the layman foil and continuous reformist adaptations. The detective is the center point character of detective fiction, predominately defined by
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