Elements Of A Good Thriller
Thriller is a wide genre of literature, film, television and it has many sub-genres. Thrillers are distinguished and also defined by moods they trigger; they give the audience heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, and anxiety. Thrillers will tend to make the audience shake as the story enters its climax. The information from the viewers is an important element. some of the equipment that is extensively used include red herrings, plot twists, and cliffhangers. It has a plot that is villain-driven whereby the villain gives some obstacles that the actors cannot overcome. in most thrillers, the innocent victim become the winner at the end of the story. In most thrillers, the audience tends to be on the innocent victim side and sometimes on the villain’s side. For example the Anglo-Saxon thriller, the bad character is punished while the innocent gets the girl.
Thrillers provide a suspenseful excitement to the audience. This is a crucial characteristic in thrillers. It gives the audience a pleasurable fascination and mixed excitement and anticipation. The audience feel powerless about the situation since they can do nothing to change it.
Thrillers are connected with hope that the plot will change in the end. The hope is that the bad character will face judgment. The second type of suspense is whereby the viewers are aware of what is going to happen, but they still are thrilled.
Most themes in thrillers is ransoms, captivities, attack and kidnappings. The common in mystery thrillers is investigative and the whodunit methods. There are thrillers that will have serial killers, stalkers, and maniacs. The actors and the actresses in the settings are innocent victims, assassins and cops.
The story and the setting of thrillers involve an atmosphere of sudden violence like crime and murder. The tension will show when the main character is placed in a hazardous situation that seems impossible to escape. The movies are mostly acted in the cities and most cases at night. It could also be taken in alien settings like the desert or the high seas. The ordinary people sympathize against the villains who are motivated to destroy them, the country or their loved ones. The main characters handle impossible tasks while the clock is ticking.
An author who is interested in writing a thrilling story should ensure that the story have some essentials. one essential is that you should have a perfect story. You need to have a story that will have a good start and also a good ending. It should not bring confusing ideas to the viewers.
You should be able to have several points of view. This allows you to get into the heads of many viewers. This creates tension to every audience. You can also make the main characters more miserable so as to cause grief and heartaches.
Source: Ernie Lindsey