Carl Hiaasen Talks Celebrity Obsession in The New Statesman
Star Island parodies America’s celebrity obsession, all set against the backdrop of Florida’s underworld. When asked if he considered himself a “crime writer”, Hiaasen pointed out the difficulty with trying to place every writer into specific literary sub-genres: “All novels are about crime. You’d be hard pressed to find any novel that does not have an element of crime. I don’t see myself as a crime novelist, but there are crimes in my books. That’s the nature of storytelling, if you want to reflect the real world.” Hiaasen is the type of writer who cannot, and should not, be pigeon-holed. Star Island, along with his other works, crosses many genre lines — mixing humor, satire, noir, suspense, mystery, and many other influences into stories with remarkable longevity.
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