My favourite aspect of this (cough – awful) book was the structure – the sectioningof certain parts and the transitions to each. I know we talked about this in class, but I really think it emphasizes a certain something about the way the story played out, and the genre itself. Making True Crime more than just journalists, like Torso, it is now made into a creative process rather than a tedious article or so. Though the book is obviously not a novel, it is also obviously not a newspaper article. From the way the story is told, you would expect the author to be some sort of journalist (like a darker and more troubled Hunter S. Thompson [I’m sorry Thompson]), but as we pointed out in class, the guy wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s and is known, according to Wikipedia, as just “an American author.” Also, the issue with the transitions and making things (or not) more suspenseful, another reason why I think they were necessary was because this case was well-known and everyone knew the outcome already, so Capote had to make it interesting so it didn’t feel like to people that they were just reading some other article on the case.
I thought it was cool to read about how Harper Lee influenced Capote on his making of the book here. They were childhood friends and he brought her along as his research assistance, and while i was googling this stuff, apparently there’s some “conspiracy” that Harper Lee actually wrote In Cold Blood. It’s a bunch of bs, but it’s out there.