Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Definition of Thriller

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 04 Feb 2009

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    On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 7:36 AM, Allan Guthrie <>wrote:

    > That might be because according to the broad definition (emphasizing
    > pace,
    > action and suspense), if you don't describe a book as a thriller, the
    > implication is that it's slow, hardly anything happens and it's really not
    > much of a page-turner. Which isn't much of a sales pitch.

    Al hits on it here: publishers will market anything they can as a "thriller" because their market research tells them that "thrillers" sell better than
    "mysteries" do. That's an industry-wide truism that I've come across over and over again.

    All the Best-


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