Assignment 11 general research on my genre (opening sequence)
By Paula Duru
Thriller Thriller (also Suspense) is a broad genre of literature, film, and television programming that uses suspense, tension and excitement as the main elements. Thrillers heavily stimulate the viewers moods giving them a high level of anticipation, ultra-heightened expectation, uncertainty, surprise, anxiety and/or terror. Thriller films tend to be adrenaline-rushing, gritty, rousing and fast paced. Literary devices such as red herrings, plot twists and cliff-hangers are used extensively. A thriller is villain-driven plot, whereby he or she presents obstacles that the hero must overcome.
Sub – Genres Conspiracy thriller Crime thriller Erotic thriller Political thriller Psychological thriller Spy thriller Supernatural Thriller Techno Thriller
Conspiracy thrillerThe conspiracy thriller (or paranoid thriller) is a subgenre of thrillerfiction. The protagonists of conspiracy thrillers are often journalists oramateur investigators who find themselves (often inadvertently) pulling on asmall thread which unravels a vast conspiracy that ultimately goes "all theway to the top". The complexities of historical fact are recast as a morality play in whichbad people cause bad events, and good people identify and defeat them.Conspiracies are often played out as "man-in-peril" (or "woman-in-peril")stories, or yield quest narratives similar to those foundin whodunits and detective stories.A common theme in such works is that characters uncovering theconspiracy encounter difficulty ascertaining the truth amid the deceptions:rumours, lies, propaganda, and counter-propaganda build upon oneanother until what is conspiracy and what is coincidence becomeentangled.A considerable part of the Conspiracy fiction works can also be consideredas being secret history.
Crime Thriller This particular genre is a hybrid type of both crime films and thrillers that offers a suspenseful account of a successful or failed crime or crimes. These films often focus on the criminal(s) rather than a policeman. Crime thrillers usually emphasise action over psychological aspects. Central topics of these films include serial killers/murders, robberies, chases, shootouts, heists and dou ble-crosses. Some examples of crime thrillers involving murderers like Seven.
Erotic Thriller A type of thriller that has an emphasis on eroticism and where a sexual relationship plays an important role in the plot. It has become popular since the 1980s and the rise of VCR market penetration.
Political ThrillerA political thriller is a thriller that is set against the backdrop of apolitical power struggle. They usually involve various extra-legalplots, designed to give political power to someone, while hisopponents try to stop him. They can involve national orinternational political scenarios. Political corruption, terrorism,and warfare are common scenarios. Normally the political party inpower has ulterior motives and often will wish for total Fascistcontrol and will work alone or with a shadow cabinet.
Psychological ThrillerPsychological thriller is a specific sub-genre of thebroad ranged thriller with heavy focus on characters.However, it often incorporates elements fromthe mystery and drama genre, along with the typicaltraits of the thriller genre. In addition to drama andmystery, many psychological thrillers containelements of, and often overlap with, the horror genre,particularly psychological horror.Elements that are related to the mind or processesof the mind; they are mental rather than physical innature. Sometimes the suspense comes from withinone solitary character where characters mustresolve conflicts with their own minds. Usually, thisconflict is an effort to understand something thathas happened to them. These conflicts are mademore vivid with physical expressions of the conflictin the means of either physical manifestations, orphysical torsions of the characters at play.
Spy Thriller The spy film genre, which is mainly the subgenre of thriller, deals with the subject of fictional espionage, either in a realistic way.
Supernatural Thriller In which the film brings in an otherworldly element mixed with tension, suspense and plot twists. Sometimes the hero and/or villain has some psychic ability.
Techno ThrillerTechno-thrillers are a hybrid genre, drawing subjectmatter generally from spy/action thrillers, fantasy warnovels, and science fiction. They include adisproportionate amount (relative to other genres) oftechnical details on its subject matter (typically militarytechnology); only science fiction tends towards acomparable level of supporting detail on the technicalside. The inner workings of technology and themechanics of various disciplines (espionage, martialarts, politics) are thoroughly explored, and the plotoften turns on the particulars of that exploration.
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