Hardboiled Fiction. Associated with detective stories Characteristic of unsentimental portrayal of crime, violence, and sex Depiction is brutal and direct, with no reservations Portrays harsh realities of life Detectives come to realize the truth that life is morally chaotic
The term hardboiled was derived as a comparison between a hardboiled egg and the detectives of the fiction, both of which are relatively tough
Between 1920 and 1950, over 175 different magazines were published with hardboiled fiction
Late 1920’s, Hollywood began hiring writers in the genre to write movie scripts
1930, detective radio shows went on airPublication
detective comic strips, followed
by comic books
In hard-boiled fiction the protagonist is usually romantically interested/obsessed in the femme fatale
"He keeps me on a leash so tight I can't breathe." Double Indemnity (1944)
The strong woman who defies the typical role of women and refuses to be blindly lead by men may be a result of the changing social status after World War II.
In the event that the femme fatale doesn’t die, she has a complete role reversal. She usually ends up marrying the protagonist and becoming a doting house-wife.
Lillith who has a long history but was a goddess or demon and most notably the first wife of Adam. It is also suspected that she was the serpent that tempted Eve.