from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the film noir genre.
- adj. Of or relating to a genre of crime literature featuring tough, cynical characters and bleak settings.
- adj. Suggestive of danger or violence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to film noir, or the atmosphere associated with that genre
- n. A production in the style of film noir
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Black; in roulette, the space in which are placed bets on the color of the number coming black.
Editor Tim McLoughlin has selected stories that truly deserve the term noir, which is unusual now that "noir" seems to be used for everything that isn't a cozy.
The term noir was coined in 1946 by French critics reviewing a group of American thrillers, including Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity and Otto Preminger's Laura, both from 1944, to mark a phenomenon they thought new to American cinema, a "harsh," "true to life" quality, a mood of "pessimism and despair."
One, a lot of noir is about male characters, not female.
It's no coincidence, I'd say, that Isaac Asimov wrote both science fiction and murder mysteries, or that the Illuminatus Trilogy and similar works appeal to many sf readers, or that noir is everywhere in strange fiction these days, even secondary world fantasy.
Film noir is an interesting one, because most of the time the protagonist doesn't win.
Most film noir is about a struggle for meaning in a cynical, sick world; sometimes its just about love.
Yes some classics will appear on many menus (boudin noir, quenelles) but ther will be great variety.
I have a wine-loving friend who swears that pinot noir is the "perfect" wine to complement duck.
I agree that a certain noir feel lends itself easily to first person POV.
The premise of this comic noir is beyond intriguing - it is genius!