Monday, September 10, 2012

Crime Writers as Adjectives

I saw this article last month and today I was doing some interview work and used the term Fitzgeraldesque, which got me thinking about what adjectivized versions of crime writers names would mean. Don't worry; I won't be anywhere near as focused on sex as the Flavorwire writer was.

The one that jumped to mind immediately was:

(James) Burkeian

Exceptionally atmospheric detail that entices all the senses.

And you know I absolutely had to have one for:

(Robert) Craisish

Characterized by loud shirts and funky socks.


Pertaining to intimate bonds between adult heterosexual males.

(Craig) Johnsonesque

Having desirable qualities. A Johnsonesque town is one everyone wants to visit; a Johnsonesque character is one everyone wants as their friend.

(Bryan) Gruleyian

Containing hockey metaphors.

(Lee) Childish...wait, maybe that one doesn't work so well, how about Lee Childian...Childesque???

Marked by a nomadic nature.

(Gregg) Hurwitzian

Having a whirlwind of emotion. If it makes you laugh, cry, scream,'s Hurwitzian.

I haven't forgotten the criminal woman. Here we go with theirs:

(Sophie) Littlefieldesque

Of or pertaining to creatively smart women.

(Karin) Slaughterish

Marked by a dark, painful history.

(Rosemary) Harrisian

The quality of blossoming.

(Lisa) Ungerian
Of or pertaining to the psychological examination of one's actions.
(Cara) Blackesque

Marked by French couture.

I started with Burkeian and I'll finish with a Burkeish:

(Alafair) Burkeish

Of or pertaining to a love of Nutella


Having an incredible knowledge base of pop culture

O.k. so my creative genes aren't that strong. Help me out here. What crime writer adjectives would YOU add?


Rosemary Harris September 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM  

Considering you could have described Harrisian as slug-ish, dirty or a deadhead I'm thrilled to have my name added to your lexicon. btw, my nickname in hs was blossom so you were right on the money!

Alafair Burke September 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM  

Forbus-ian: fun but thoughtful literary commentary

Unknown September 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM  

There are worse things than being likable, but hey what about having a character that everyone wants as their lover?

Jon September 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM  

>There are worse things than being likable, but hey what about having a character that everyone wants as their lover?

I believe that's the situation that Christa Faust invented the term "Jenna Sue" for...

Beth F September 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM  

Ha!!! Love this. Fun!

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