Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Definition of Thriller

From: Stephen Burridge (
Date: 04 Feb 2009

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    I think "thriller" probably also gets used, loosely, as a synonym for "crime story" or "suspense story". According to the cover of the paperback edition of "When the Devil Holds the Candle" by Karin Fossum that I'm reading, it was described in the Sunday Telegraph as "an engrossing psychological thriller". So far it's an engrossing psychological suspense story, but not what I'd call a thriller. The pace is not fast and the
    "action", or violence, is not exciting.

    On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 11:18 AM, Brian Thornton

    > 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-
    > Brian
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