Iain M. Banks and Quentin Tarantino

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.