Friday, January 28, 2011
WHAT EXACTLY IS A THRILLER?
Will it get better? Of course it will. The entire world can't be duped into reading garbage. I guess I'm under the assumption a thriller is supposed to capture you from the first page and maintain the suspense throughout the novel. The above authors know how to accomplish that. You don't have to go any farther than this month's winner of the strongest opening contest, Luke Romyn. His novel The Dark Path not only opens strong, but remains tense throughout the book.
The lines are getting blurrier, however, because of the cross-pollination from political thrillers to medical thrillers to legal thrillers, but if it has the word thriller anywhere near the description of the book, please, please, get to the thrilling part. I guess if it's supposed to be a literary book, then I read it with a different frame of mind. I think we all read Catcher in the Rye with different expectations than we do Moby Dick. Just don't label something a thriller unless you mean it. I realize it sounds more titillating, but don't get our engines all revved up ,then spend a hundred pages telling us about the financial system in Sweden. Sorry Stieg, I know you're looking down on me shaking your head, but this is not your fault.
Am I wrong about this trend? I don't know. I think I'll pick up a Donovan Creed novel and get on the rollercoaster.