Thriller Fiction Genre

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With the contemporary suspense, you have to be very tightly focused, you can’t go off on fun tangents. DISCOVER ME
I try to explore the boundary between morality and wrongdoing. When is it justified to go outside the law to right a wrong? DISCOVER ME
It's all fiction, folks. I know very little about spies, electronic surveillance, satellite phones, smartphones, bugs, wires, mikes, and the people who use them. DISCOVER ME
I can't write my characters unless I know what they look like. DISCOVER ME
Writers are always critical of themselves and I'm no exception. DISCOVER ME
Writing an informative yet compact thriller is a lot like making maple sugar candy. DISCOVER ME
I find it better to know who the killer is and why they did the killing then work your way back plotting it all out. DISCOVER ME
Coming up with an underlying concept for a book is the hardest part of the process for me. DISCOVER ME
I enjoy writing more than lawyering because I no longer keep time sheets and get to work in my underwear. DISCOVER ME
The first book that really impressed me? I'd have to say a Nancy Drew book. I read them all several times. DISCOVER ME
I’ve had some of my best writing epiphanies when I’m doing things that have nothing to do with writing. DISCOVER ME
I believe that my books have quality. That’s why I submitted them for publication. DISCOVER ME
Writing is so much damned fun. I play God. I feel like a kid at Christmas. I make people do what I want, and I change things as I go along. DISCOVER ME
I can say, “I’m a writer!” because it makes me people think I’m much more interesting than I am. DISCOVER ME
I’m definitely a plotter, especially to get the psychological elements right. DISCOVER ME
I think I must be hardwired to tell stories, because I’ve always wanted to write. DISCOVER ME
I wrote for years before I was ever published, and I don't think I could ever stop. DISCOVER ME
It's the most natural thing in the world for most people to harbor a fantasy to be free of rules and regulations. DISCOVER ME
I love connecting with people, and it has been a big part of my success. DISCOVER ME
Keeping the reader in mind keeps you honest, keeps you from showing off your brilliance for its own sake. DISCOVER ME

Brief definition of the Thriller Fiction Genre


Homer's Odyssey is one of the oldest stories in the Western world and is regarded as an early prototype of the thriller, but here we take a brief look at what exactly is the definition of the thriller genre.

There's no narrow definition. According to International Thriller Writers, a thriller is characterized by "the sudden rush of emotions, the excitement, sense of suspense, apprehension, and exhilaration that drive the narrative, sometimes subtly with peaks and lulls, sometimes at a constant, breakneck pace." In short, a thriller thrills. How? Mostly through skillful plotting.

Thriller is a genre of fiction in which tough, resourceful, but essentially ordinary heroes are pitted against villains determined to destroy them, their country, or the stability of the free world. Part of the allure of thrillers comes from not only what their stories are about, but also how they are told. High stakes, non-stop action, plot twists that both surprise and excite, settings that are both vibrant and exotic, and an intense pace that never lets up until the adrenalin packed climax.

Thriller fiction is hot! What makes readers love it so? How is it different from straight mystery or suspense? What is a thriller?

Today, thriller novels provide a rich literary feast embracing a wide variety of worlds - the law, espionage, action-adventure, casino underworld, medicine, police and crime, romance, history, politics, high-tech, and religion. Thrillers are usually about life and death situations. When skillfully written, thrillers can also carry the load of bigger themes than strict realism will allow. Other examples of this genre in literature include The Da Vinci Code, The Hunt for Red October, The Day of the Jackal, and Jurassic Park.

The Thriller fiction genre, sometimes called suspense fiction, is a genre of literature that typically entails fast-paced plots, numerous action scenes, and limited character development. One example is that: the hero, who may even be an ordinary citizen drawn into danger and intrigue by circumstances beyond their control faces danger alone or in the company of a small band of companions. The protagonist may be a law enforcement agent, a journalist, or a soldier, but typically he or she is cut off from the resources of "their" organization.

Part of the allure of thrillers comes from not only what their stories are about but how they are told. The plot of a thriller is usually driven by the villain, who presents obstacles that the hero must overcome.

Not all thrillers are suspense novels; but many suspense novels are thrillers. The average thriller is longer than the average mystery, which makes a brisk pace crucial to success.