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PostSubject: What is a Thriller   Mon May 12, 2008 11:37 pm

The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, gaming and television. It includes numerous, often overlapping sub-genres.

Thrillers are characterized by fast pacing, frequent action, and resourceful heroes who must thwart the plans of more-powerful and better-equipped villains. Literary devices such as suspense, red herrings, and cliffhangers are used extensively.
Thrillers often take place wholly or partly in exotic settings such as foreign cities, deserts, polar regions, or high seas. The heroes in most thrillers are frequently "hard men" accustomed to danger: law enforcement officers, spies, soldiers, seamen, or aviators. However, they may also be ordinary citizens drawn into danger by accident. While such heroes have traditionally been men, women have become increasingly common.

Thrillers often overlap with mystery stories, but are distinguished by the structure of their plots. In a thriller, the hero must thwart the plans of an enemy, rather than uncover a crime that has already happened. Thrillers also occur on a much grander scale: the crimes that must be prevented are serial or mass murder, terrorism, assassination, or the overthrow of governments. Jeopardy and violent confrontations are standard plot elements. While a mystery climaxes when the mystery is solved, a thriller climaxes when the hero finally defeats the villain, saving his own life and often the lives of others. In thrillers influenced by film noir and tragedy, the compromised hero is often killed in the process.

In recent years, when thrillers have been increasingly influenced by horror or psychological-horror exposure in pop culture, an ominous or monstrous element has become common to heighten tension. The monster could be anything, even an inferior physical force made superior only by their intellect, a supernatural entity, aliens, serial killers, or even microbes or chemical agents. Some authors have made their mark by incorporating all of these elements (Richard Laymon, F. Paul Wilson) throughout their bibliographies.

Similar distinctions separate the thriller from other overlapping genres: adventure, spy, legal, war, maritime fiction, and so on. Thrillers are defined not by their subject matter but by their approach to it. Many thrillers involve spies and espionage, but not all spy stories are thrillers. The spy novels of John le Carré, for example, explicitly and intentionally reject the conventions of the thriller. Conversely, many thrillers cross over to genres that traditionally have had few or no thriller elements. Alistair MacLean, Hammond Innes, and Brian Callison are best known for their thrillers, but are also accomplished writers of man-against-nature sea stories.

Thrillers may be defined by the primary mood that they exhibit: excitement. In short, if it 'thrills', it is a thriller.
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PostSubject: a thriller?   Wed May 14, 2008 7:56 pm

a thriller is a pop-rock album by a man who used to be black and have a nose, most thrillers ain't thriller, they're filler
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PostSubject: Re: What is a Thriller   Wed May 14, 2008 8:08 pm

Well that was never really proven, i think the kids parents told there son to say that so they could get some money.
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PostSubject: Re: What is a Thriller   Sun May 18, 2008 7:57 pm

I think this is proof enough. Look, they cant get young enough for him! www.answerbag.com/images/answers/355815/1654628/tmb_Michaelandhisbaby2.jpg" border="0" alt="" />
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PostSubject: Re: What is a Thriller   Sun May 18, 2008 8:17 pm

nothing like tounging a baby yumm dead baby

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PostSubject: Re: What is a Thriller   Mon May 19, 2008 10:16 pm

awesome DEAD BABY i'm hungry

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PostSubject: Re: What is a Thriller   Mon May 19, 2008 10:22 pm

You like that? Remember next time you go to a chinese restaurant. Its not cats, ITS BABIES!
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PostSubject: Re: What is a Thriller   Mon May 19, 2008 10:23 pm

i see that changes my out look on Chinese
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