I thought I would cater for teachers currently teaching 'The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender" for the 'Distinctive Voice' elective as well as those preparing for the new Module B slot for the 2015 HSC. While both options also connect to Crime as a popular genre, I have included an animoto I made a couple of years back for Extension 1 Crime Writing.
Ext 1 - Crime Writing Prompt:
2015 - Module B "The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender"
Marele Day has strategically chosen which conventions to subvert or conform to. She has symbolised crime as a cancerous social evil, which can never entirely be eradicated. Stereo-typical traits of the hard-boiled detective have been used as the skeletal framework for her female Australian detective. Like her Spade and Marlowe counterparts, Day's detective sleuth is cynical, independent and capable. There is also a love interest but gender roles have been reversed with a female protagonist taking the hard-boiled detective role. Conventional genre characters are countered by subverted characters. Sally is “cute, flighty and ultimately dangerous” and fills the role of the femme fatale, and yet she is weaker than P.I. Claudia Valentine, who doesn’t rely on image and deceit and defeats Sally. American seedy city streets have also been replaced by Sydney's facade; its beauty disguising the corruption within.