Wednesday, September 07, 2005

definition of a thriller

there are SO MANY different kinds of thrillers, and it can make your head hurt if you think about it too much. if you go to the International Thriller Writers site (link in sidebar), you'll find a good definition. i spotted my copy of the handmaid's tale in my bookcase, and started wondering if it could be considered a thriller. literary thriller? feminist thriller? that seems so wrong, yet so right. :)

2 comments:

Jeff said...

Seems like a matter of semantics. Since "thrill" is defined as a feeling of excitement, fear, or joy, I could say my bookcase is filled almost entirely with thrillers of some form or other. So, the handmaid's tale as a literary or feminist thriller? Why not? :)

e-mom said...

Feminist thriller if ya ask me
But these days, I'd say it's a work of non-fiction