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What is it about reading or watching thrillers that gets the adrenaline going? Why do thrillers intrigue so many readers?
It may have something to do with the human need to solve problems and to see good combat evil. It’s about the ‘rush’ you feel when a puzzle is solved. Having a thrill is also about how the good person triumphs over the villain.
Having a thrill is also about how the good person triumphs over the villain. Good versus evil.
A thriller comprises of an issue to be worked through, a puzzle to put together, and the joy of expecting a good outcome. People like to anticipate the ending of a story and will keep turning the pages to get to that exciting end.
Reading a thriller story involves an intense connection with the author, as you go on that adventurous journey with the author.
According to Dr. Sam Fraser, a Clinical Psychologist, brain studies show that men have a tendency to process things better in the left part of the brain (logical, analytical side) whereas women process well between the two parts of the brain. In other words, men prefer seeing the end of the puzzle but women prefer to come to their own conclusions. Women, therefore, enjoy figuring out the suspense and like to guess who the real villain might be.
Women, therefore, enjoy figuring out the suspense and like to guess who the real villain might be.
Women or men can go on the thrilling, yet risky journey as they get their emotions involved, to eventually confirm or disconfirm the end result of the story.
Another reason why many women enjoy thrillers is that they perceive women as having power rather than being a victim in the story (if the main character is a woman who overcomes the villain). Think Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games or Angelina Jolie in Salt. Both women have an active role and exert power, strength, and independence.
Enjoying thrillers is also about our need for justice in a chaotic world. An order can be regained in a disordered world.
Different readers enjoy different genres, whether it be for entertainment, relaxation, or stimulation. Escapism and distraction can at times be healing and healthy (a much-needed respite from life’s pain and suffering).
I personally love the thriller and suspense genres because I like to guess who the villain is. I also enjoy reading about strong women, and I find reward through problem-solving. Thrillers create order in my world.
My love of thrillers is the reason why I’ve written three short story thrillers, loosely inspired by my own experiences. I also write romantic suspense as it contains that thrilling element and mystery in the genre.
My short story thriller, Evening Interrupted was loosely inspired by an experience of a time a strange man came to my door to ask about the location of his daughter’s party, seemingly on the same street. He appeared to be lost, but at the same time, I considered that he might’ve been stalking me. Hence, I embellished this scenario in my story.
My other short story thriller, The Dreamcatcher was inspired by a childhood experience. At the time, a man approached me and my siblings on our way to the milkbar and asked if we wanted to see a puppet show in a nearby lane. We later checked the lane and found no puppet show. Hence, I embellished this scenario in my story.
My third short story thriller, Red Flags was loosely inspired by my experience of working with homeless men. I had two clients I felt uncomfortable with, and the story is kind of based on them but embellished to create a thrilling story.
If you’d like to read my short story thrillers, go to these links:
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