There are many similarities between the late Iain M. Banks and Quentin Tarantino. Here are some of them:
- Both excel at the low-level technicalities of their respective art forms. Banks writes excellent and inventive prose, and Tarantino creates excellent and inventive scenes.
- Both write clever, naturalistic dialogue.
- Both have a taste for macabre and disturbing violence.
- Both juxtapose this violence with a strong sense of ‘normality.’ Note the ‘party’ scenes in various Culture novels, and the conversation between Vincent and Jules.
- Both often choose to tell stories in a series of out-of-sequence vignettes.
- Both enjoy over-the-top action and gore.
I have no wider point to make, I was just struck by the parallels.
God, I miss Iain Banks.