When we Debs asked you all, our very dear readers, to suggest a theme for this week, the fearless Missy Olive met the challenge with the idea of thrillers, ie legal, medical, etc. (Deb Linda, as you may have heard, had a suggestion of her own for half-naked men.*)
Now I for one love thrillers. I loved SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR by James Grady (as well as the movie starring Robert Redford and a slightly shorter timeframe: Three Days of the Condor) and when it comes time to pick a genre from Netflix’s ever shrinking changing download catalog, I always click Thrillers first. Well, unless it’s for the girls in which case we cut straight to it and do a search for Scooby Doo (which is, now that I think of it, a cartoon thriller!).
In fact, I love thrillers so much that I even wrote one once upon a time. No, it wasn’t a John Grisham legal thriller (my brother hadn’t finished law school yet. If he had, well…). No, it was actually a medical thriller. Better yet, a bio-thriller. (I’m married to a developmental biologist. I mean, really. It was only a matter of time.) It was called THE ACADEMY and tackled the subject of genetic engineering at…wait for it…a boarding school! Eeeek! Are you thrilled yet?! Don’t worry; agents and editors weren’t either. It was a great learning experience and a heck of a lot of fun to write, but let’s just say Tess Gerritsen doesn’t have to look over her shoulder any time soon.
So what is it about thrillers that gets me?
It’s the whole package! I love the pacing, I love the set-up, I love the twist ending (even when I guess it), and I love the escape. The opportunity for drama is always high (one might even say overwrought and gratuitous—what’s not to love about that?!) and they are often structured like movies (cliff-hanger chapter endings, heavy on the zippy dialogue, etc) which makes them as addictive as a box of Fiddle Faddle.
*As you can plainly see from the movie poster above, I very cleverly filled my quota with the required half-naked man mention. And Robert Redford, no less. You’re welcome.
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Now your turn, friends. Do thrillers thrill you? If yes, what’s your preferred thriller subject? And any favorite titles too, while we’re at it!
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