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When you build a bridge between two cultures, more people enter onto the scene

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

by Ann DeWitt

I must admit. When I was in High School and read William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the cast of characters really were difficult to follow.  Then the teacher taught us how to break down each scene and do the proper character analysis. To be frank, at first, I agreed with Writer’s Digest about 21st Century writers being cautious about having too many characters.  However, there is an exception to every rule.

Kevin M. Weeks pledges to bridge the literary gap between Urban Fiction readers and Crime Fiction readers.  Today, I realize that after you build a bridge between two neighboring cultures, there are more people collaborating together.  The question is: Will the literary experts be open to welcome both urban fiction and crime fiction cast of characters onto the same literary stage?

As an example:

William Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar has over 30 characters as listed:

Julius Caesar, Octavius Caesar (the adopted son of Caesar), Antonius (Mark Antony), M. Aemilius Lepidus, Cicero,  Publius, Popilius Lena, Marcus Brutus, Cassius, Casca, Terminus, Ligarius, Decius Brutus, Cimber, Cinna, Flavius and Marullus, Artemidorus, Cinna (the Poet), Lucilius, Titinius, Messala, Young Cato and Volumnius (Friends to Brutus and Cassius), Varro, Clitus, Claudius, Strato, Lucius and Dardanius (Servants to Brutus), Pindarus,  Calphurnia, Portia, Senators, Citizens, Guards, Attendants and others… [Reference Shakespeare's Julius Caesar character analysis on the Absolute Shakespeare website.]

Kevin M. Weeks’ Is It Rags or Riches? includes a little over 18 characters as noted:

Teco Jackson, Hanae Troop, Gail Indigo Que, The Paradox (a delusional killer who is on the run across state lines), the Washington D.C. Homicide Division (Captain Wicker, Detective Marcus Brown, Detective Ronald Heard), the Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit (Detective Paul Yeomans and Detective Fordham),  Georgia Bureau of Investigation (Tony McLoughlin), FBI, the Atlanta Goldfinger Crew (Tracey Edmond and Tim Edmond), Basil Fiten (Young Black Mafia Kingpin), citizens, news reporters, and others…

Only time will tell if Kevin M. Weeks has established a formula to bridge the literary gap between urban fiction and crime fiction readers.  I’ll keep you posted on his journey.

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