Thriller Recipe
The Thriller is a broad genre of literature, film and television that
includes numerous and often overlapp...
Characteristics of a thriller.
• Thrillers are characterized by fast pacing, frequent action, and
resourceful heroes who m...
Thriller Devices
• Devices such as suspense, red herrings and cliffhangers are used
extensively. A thriller is a villain d...
A Flexible Genre
• The genre is flexible and can engage the audience through a dramatic
rendering of psychological, social...
More characteristics of a thriller.
• Thrillers often take place in exotic settings such as foreign cities.

• The heroes ...
Mystery Stories
• Thrillers often overlap with mystery stories, but are distinguished by
the structure of their plots.
• I...
Thrillers vs Mysteries
• Thrillers also occur on a much grander scale: the crimes that must be
prevented are serial or mas...
The Thriller
• In thrillers influenced by film noir and tragedy, the compromised
hero is often killed in the process

• Th...
Definitions of Thrillers
• Thrillers provide such a rich literary feast. There are all kinds. The
legal thriller, spy thri...
The Thriller
• In fact, this openness to expansion is one of the genre's most
enduring characteristics. But what gives the...
The Thriller
• ...[T]hrillers provide such a rich literary feast. There are all kinds. The
legal thriller, spy thriller, a...
The Thriller
• The list goes on and on, with new variations constantly being
invented. In fact, this openness to expansion...
Sub-genres
The thriller genre can include the following sub-genres,
which may include elements of other genres

• Action t...
Conspiracy thriller:
• Conspiracy thriller: In which the hero/heroine confronts a
large, powerful group of enemies whose t...
Crime thriller:
• Crime thriller: This particular genre is a hybrid type of both crime
films and thrillers that offers a s...
Disaster thriller:
• Disaster thriller: In which the main conflict is due to some sort of
natural or artificial disaster, ...
Drama thriller:
• Drama thriller: In which the story consists of the elements of a thriller
and drama film. These films ar...
Erotic thriller:
• Erotic thriller: In which it consists of erotica and thriller. It has
become popular since the 1980s an...
Legal thriller:
• Legal thriller: In which the lawyer-heroes/heroines confront enemies
outside, as well as inside, the cou...
Medical thriller
• Medical thriller: In which the hero/heroine are medical
doctors/personnel working to solve an expanding...
Political thriller
• Political thriller: In which the hero/heroine must ensure the stability
of the government that employ...
Psychological thriller
• Psychological thriller: In which (until the often violent resolution) the
conflict between the ma...
Spy thriller
• Spy thriller (also a subgenre of spy fiction): In which the hero is
generally a government agent who must t...
Techno-thriller
• Techno-thriller: In which (typically military) technology is described in
detail and made essential to t...
Religious thriller:
• Religious thriller: In which the plot is closely connected to religious
objects, institutions and qu...
The Thriller
• Most thrillers are formed in some combination of the above, with
horror, conspiracy, and psychological tric...
The Thriller
• Combinations are highly diverse, including:

• Science fiction thrillers: Jurassic Park, Sunshine.
• Techno...
Thrillers from Novels
• The Bourne Identity was adapted into a movie starring Matt Damon
which used many of the thriller c...
More thrillers from Novels
• Notable thrillers that have made an impact both as novels and as
films include Frederick Fors...
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Thriller Recipe

  1. 1. Thriller Recipe The Thriller is a broad genre of literature, film and television that includes numerous and often overlapping sub-genres.
  2. 2. Characteristics of a thriller. • Thrillers are characterized by fast pacing, frequent action, and resourceful heroes who must thwart the plans of more powerful and better equipped villains.
  3. 3. Thriller Devices • Devices such as suspense, red herrings and cliffhangers are used extensively. A thriller is a villain driven plot, whereby he presents obstacles the hero must overcome.
  4. 4. A Flexible Genre • The genre is flexible and can engage the audience through a dramatic rendering of psychological, social and political tensions. Hitchcock said thrillers allow the audience, "to put their toe in the cold water of fear to see what it's like”
  5. 5. More characteristics of a thriller. • Thrillers often take place in exotic settings such as foreign cities. • The heroes in most thrillers are frequently "hard men" accustomed to danger e.g. policemen. However, they may also be ordinary citizens drawn into danger by accident. • While such heroes have traditionally been men, women lead characters have become increasingly common; for an early example see Sigourney Weaver's character Ripley, in the movie Alien, 1979.
  6. 6. Mystery Stories • Thrillers often overlap with mystery stories, but are distinguished by the structure of their plots. • In a thriller, the hero must thwart the plans of an enemy, rather than uncover a crime that has already happened; while a murder mystery would be spoiled by a premature disclosure of the murderer's identity, in a thriller the identity of a murderer or other villain is typically known all along.
  7. 7. Thrillers vs Mysteries • Thrillers also occur on a much grander scale: the crimes that must be prevented are serial or mass murder, terrorism, assassination, or the overthrow of governments. • Jeopardy and violent confrontations are standard plot elements. While a mystery climaxes when the mystery is solved, a thriller climaxes when the hero finally defeats the villain, saving his own life and often the lives of others.
  8. 8. The Thriller • In thrillers influenced by film noir and tragedy, the compromised hero is often killed in the process • Thrillers may be defined by the primary mood that they elicit: fearful excitement. In short, if it "thrills", it is a thriller.
  9. 9. Definitions of Thrillers • Thrillers provide such a rich literary feast. There are all kinds. The legal thriller, spy thriller, action-adventure thriller, medical thriller, police thriller, romantic thriller, historical thriller, political thriller, religious thriller, high-tech thriller, military thriller. • The list goes on and on, with new variations constantly being invented.
  10. 10. The Thriller • In fact, this openness to expansion is one of the genre's most enduring characteristics. But what gives the variety of thrillers a common
  11. 11. The Thriller • ...[T]hrillers provide such a rich literary feast. There are all kinds. The legal thriller, spy thriller, action-adventure thriller, medical thriller, police thriller, romantic thriller, historical thriller, political thriller, religious thriller, high-tech thriller, military thriller.
  12. 12. The Thriller • The list goes on and on, with new variations constantly being invented. In fact, this openness to expansion is one of the genre's most enduring characteristics. • What gives the variety of thrillers a common ground is the intensity of emotions they create, particularly those of apprehension and exhilaration, of excitement and breathlessness, all designed to generate that all-important thrill. By definition, if a thriller doesn't thrill, it's not doing its job.
  13. 13. Sub-genres The thriller genre can include the following sub-genres, which may include elements of other genres • Action thriller: In which the work often features a race against the clock, contains lots of violence, and an obvious antagonist. These films usually contain large amounts of guns, explosions, and large elaborate set pieces for the action to take place. Notable examples are the James Bond films, The Transporter, and the Jason Bourne novels and films.
  14. 14. Conspiracy thriller: • Conspiracy thriller: In which the hero/heroine confronts a large, powerful group of enemies whose true extent only he/she recognizes. The Chancellor Manuscript and The Aquitane Progression by Robert Ludlum fall into this category, as do films such as Three Days of the Condor, Capricorn One, and JFK. •
  15. 15. Crime thriller: • 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 emphasize action over psychological aspects. Central topics of these films include murders, robberies, chases, shootouts, and double-crosses are central ingredients. Some examples include The Killing, Seven, Reservoir Dogs, Inside Man, and The Asphalt Jungle.
  16. 16. Disaster thriller: • Disaster thriller: In which the main conflict is due to some sort of natural or artificial disaster, such as floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, etc., or nuclear disasters as an artificial disaster. Examples include Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen, Tremor by Winston Graham, and the 1974 film Earthquake.
  17. 17. Drama thriller: • Drama thriller: In which the story consists of the elements of a thriller and drama film. These films are usually slower paced and involves a great deal of character development along with plot twists. Examples include The Illusionist, The Interpreter and The Prestige.
  18. 18. Erotic thriller: • Erotic thriller: In which it consists of erotica and thriller. It has become popular since the 1980s and the rise of VCR market penetration. The genre includes such films as Basic Instinct, Dressed to Kill, Color of Night, Eyes Wide Shut, Fatal Attraction, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Obsessed, and In the Cut.
  19. 19. Legal thriller: • Legal thriller: In which the lawyer-heroes/heroines confront enemies outside, as well as inside, the courtroom and are in danger of losing not only their cases but their lives. The Innocent Man by John Grisham is a well known example of the type.
  20. 20. Medical thriller • Medical thriller: In which the hero/heroine are medical doctors/personnel working to solve an expanding medical problem. Robin Cook, Tess Gerritsen, Michael Crichton, and Gary Braver are well-known authors of this subgenre. Nonfiction medical thrillers are also a subcategory, comprising works like The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. Films such as Awake are other examples of medical thrillers.
  21. 21. Political thriller • Political thriller: In which the hero/heroine must ensure the stability of the government that employs him. The success of Seven Days in May (1962) by Fletcher Knebel, The Day of the Jackal (1971) by Frederick Forsyth, and The Manchurian Candidate (1959) by Richard Condon established this subgenre. A more recent example is the 1980 film Agency.
  22. 22. Psychological thriller • Psychological thriller: In which (until the often violent resolution) the conflict between the main characters is mental and emotional, rather than physical. The Alfred Hitchcock films Suspicion, Shadow of a Doubt, and Strangers on a Train and David Lynch's bizarre and influential Blue Velvet are notable examples of the type, as is The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (who also wrote Strangers) and The Good Son starring Elijah Wood and Macaulay Culkin. •
  23. 23. Spy thriller • Spy thriller (also a subgenre of spy fiction): In which the hero is generally a government agent who must take violent action against agents of a rival government or (in recent years) terrorists. Examples include From Russia, with Love by Ian Fleming, The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum, and television series such as Mission: Impossible and 24 (the latter demonstrating a break from the norm by Robert Ludlum, as it is as much a psychological thriller as a spy thriller).
  24. 24. Techno-thriller • Techno-thriller: In which (typically military) technology is described in detail and made essential to the reader's/viewer's understanding of the plot. Tom Clancy defined and popularized the genre with his The Hunt for Red October, and is considered to be the "Father of the Techno thriller".
  25. 25. Religious thriller: • Religious thriller: In which the plot is closely connected to religious objects, institutions and questions. While suspense stories have always shown a significant affinity for religion and philosophical issues (G.K. Chesterton's novel The Man Who Was Thursday has been called a "metaphysical thriller"; and Umberto Eco's novels The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum both display thriller characteristics), Dan Brown's 2003 best-seller The Da Vinci Code has led to a current boom in religiously oriented thrillers.
  26. 26. The Thriller • Most thrillers are formed in some combination of the above, with horror, conspiracy, and psychological tricks used most commonly to heighten tension
  27. 27. The Thriller • Combinations are highly diverse, including: • Science fiction thrillers: Jurassic Park, Sunshine. • Techno/political/conspiracy/military: Robocop, S.M. Stirling's Draka novels. • Legal/forensic/psychological/: Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs novel, Seven.
  28. 28. Thrillers from Novels • The Bourne Identity was adapted into a movie starring Matt Damon which used many of the thriller conventions of the plot. Though its sequels, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, depart significantly from Robert Ludlum's storyline, the conspiracy-thriller genre is still well-preserved.
  29. 29. More thrillers from Novels • Notable thrillers that have made an impact both as novels and as films include Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal, Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October and successive Jack Ryan stories, Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs and related novels, Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park and Congo, and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. •
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