Saturday, July 21, 2007
Ambler on the Genre
Eric Ambler once wrote, "The thriller is an extension of the fairy tale. It is melodrama so embellished as to create the illusion that the story being told, however unlikely, could be true."
Ambler should know--he was awarded MWA Grand Master in 1975 and an Officer, Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) in 1981, and his books, which he began publishing in 1936, spanned nearly sixty years.
(This fairy tale image is the castle of "Mad" Ludwig of Bavaria, whose sanity has always been a controversial subject. He is known not only as a king, but as a contributor to art and architecture, and Neuschwanstein is one of his most famous creations. Image: http://www.med.unc.edu/~hsiao/fairy.jpg)