Guest Post by Author Kim Foster on The Irresistible Appeal Of A Good Heist + Giveaway

Today I’d like to welcome author Kim Foster, the author of the tremendously fun new book A Beautiful Heist (review here). She’s here to talk about…

The Irresistible Appeal Of A Good Heist

by Kim Foster

To Catch a Thief (1955)The heist story, especially on the big screen, is a well-loved genre. Capers have been a staple in Hollywood for decades—whether we’re talking about Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief in 1955, The Great Train Robbery from way back in 1903, or more recent blockbusters (and remakes) like Ocean’s Eleven and The Italian Job.

But what accounts for the enduring appeal? Well, being a writer of heist stories, I’ve given this a lot of thought, obviously. And here’s what I’ve come up with.

The Vicarious Pleasure

Pulling off a heist is the sort of daring act that people, in their day to day lives, tend not to attempt. The danger of falling to your death, the likelihood of going to prison—these are all effective deterrents, yes? Which is why it’s so thrilling to read about, and watch, other people doing such death-defying things.

Ocean's Eleven (2001)The Underdog Factor

A heist is often structured such that the protagonist-criminals are up against a big bad corporate power with endless resources and money and, frequently, a nasty disposition (think Andy Garcia’s character in Ocean’s Eleven). Just like in sports movies, we love to cheer for the underdog.

Mission Impossible

The challenge of going up against all that security, all that power, not to mention the layers of law enforcement…well, it usually means our protagonists, the criminals, need to be clever. And they need to dig deep to succeed. It’s what compelling fiction is made of, really—heroes who are facing insurmountable odds. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be much of a story.

Cheering for the Team

Tackling mission impossible usually requires a team. And that’s something we like to see in our stories—teams working together. Plus, the more motley the crew, the better. A hodgepodge of people, each bringing a different skill set to the table, and all those moving parts working together, well it’s great fun to watch and very satisfying when it all comes together.

A Criminal We Can Root For

Heists and capers aren’t the only stories with less than honourable protagonists. The anti-hero is a compelling character in many genres. I think, as humans, we’re fascinated by people with layers and contradictions and secrets, and characters who are more than they appear. Of course it can go too far, and then sometimes the anti-hero is just, well, the villain. The key thing about a thief is the non-violent crime. You can get behind a crook who’s not looking to hurt people. A crook who’s attempting to take on Goliath, using his or her own unique talents. That’s a character we can root for.

So how about you? What’s your favourite heist story?

Tamea Burd PhotographyAbout Kim FosterKim Foster is a medical doctor who has been a lifelong lover of fiction. She’s a mom who decided that midnight feedings of her newborn were a fine time to get serious about writing. And she’s a novelist who, in spite of sound advice to “write what you know,” simply couldn’t resist crafting a story about a professional jewel thief. Online, you can find her blogging about her left-brain, right-brain mash-up on kimfosterwrites.com. A practicing physician and the health blogger for YummyMummyClub.ca, Kim makes regular TV, radio, and speaking appearances. She is a member of the Victoria Writer’s Society and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and their two young boys. A Beautiful Heist is her first novel.

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13 thoughts on “Guest Post by Author Kim Foster on The Irresistible Appeal Of A Good Heist + Giveaway

    1. It’s hard to go wrong with a George Clooney-Brad Pitt pairing, right? I wonder if those two are going to do any more movies together? (fingers crossed) 🙂

      1. I still love to watch that movie. Audrey Hepburn is a fav actress and Peter O’Toole was so funny and fun in the movie. Happy sigh. I also liked The Great Train Robbery. It was such a fun puzzle to watch unfold. I’m still a fan of the original Italian Job. LOL
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