Conventions of the thriller genre

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  • Conventions of the thriller genre

    1. 1. CONVENTIONS OF THE THRILLER GENRE HENRY MCPHERSON
    2. 2. THE THRILLER GENREINCLUDES A WIDE RANGEOF FILMS BUT IT IS POSSIBLETO IDENTIFY COMMONCHARACTERISTICS WHICHARE SIMILAR FOR MANYTHRILLERS
    3. 3. THRILLERS USUALLY AIM TO CREATE SUSPENSE AND EXCITEMENT FOR THE AUDIENCE
    4. 4. THE HERO IS OFTEN AN OUTSIDER, ISOLATED, SECRETIVE BUT MORAL
    5. 5. THE HERO IS USUALLY THE ONE WHO SOLVES THE ENIGMA AND REVEALS THE TRUTH
    6. 6. THEY’RE USUALLY SHOT INURBAN OR SUBURBAN SETTINGS
    7. 7. THE NARRATIVE USUALLY REVOLVES AROUND A PUZZLE OR THE INVESTIGATION OF AN ENIGMA
    8. 8. THE ANSWER TO THE PUZZLE WILL BE MORE RATIONAL RATHER THAN A SUPERNATURAL EXPLANATION
    9. 9. THE ENIGMA OR PUZZLE IS USUALLY SOLVED BY THE END OF THE FILM
    10. 10. TEXT
    11. 11. VIOLENT CRIME IS CENTRAL TO MOST THRILLERS
    12. 12. THE HERO AND VILLAIN, ALTHOUGH OPPOSING EACH OTHER CAN ALSO BE QUITE SIMILAR
    13. 13. IT OFTEN REVEALS THE WORKINGS OF PARTICULAR INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS THE POLICE, THE ARMY OR THE GOVERNMENT
    14. 14. THE THRILLER CENTRES ON INJUSTICES IN SOCIETY BUT SOLVES THESE WRONGS

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