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Ingredients for Mystery

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Laura Smylie

on 14 January 2014

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Transcript of Ingredients for Mystery

The Ingredients that go into making the Mystery Genre

The Definition of Mystery
Imaginative stories that deal with the process, or solution of a crime, a secret, or a problem and involve suspense, intrigue, or many questions without answers.
Sherlock Holmes, the DaVinci Code, Nancy Drew, The Boxcar Kids, The Girl with the dragon tattoo, In Cold Blood, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Bourne Legacy, Shutter Island
Examples of Mystery You may know
Common Elements
Video Games: L.A Noire, Uncharted, Silent Hill, Batman: Arkham City, Bioshock, Heavy Rain, and Alan Wake
TV shows:
Sherlock, Fringe, The Mentalist, True Blood, Dexter, Pretty Little Liars, Supernatural, Homeland
Sherlock Holmes, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Citizen Kane, Inception, Zodiac, The Fourth Kind, Seven, The Usual Suspects, The Third Man, Psycho
Clues are hints that can help the reader and the detective solve the mystery.They can be
things people say or do, or objects that are found that provide important information.
Many plot points are foreshadowed in mystery books. This means that a character, setting, or idea is mentioned but is intentionally written in a way that the reader overlooks it as an insignificant detail. These plot points sometimes have powerful influence on the story. In layman's terms foreshadowing is a strategy authors use to hide a clue in the story.
These are distractions or false clues that may lead the reader or the detective off track.Red
herrings often make it more difficult to solve a mystery.
Suspense is a strategy many authors use to add tension to a problem causing the reader to "sit on the edge of his/her seat" and crave the solution or get excited when the solution approaches.
Truman Capote
Truman Capote revolutionized Non-Fiction Mystery. This sub-genre is generally very rare and Capote used years of in depth research to write one of the greatest Mystery books of all time based on a true story.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Created one of the most recognizable characters of all time, undoubtedly the most famous of the mystery genre. He created a brilliantly vibrant character who at the same time was also outstandingly insightful. Conan Doyle used strategies like foreshadowing and suspense gracefully in Sherlock Holmes's subtle but significant dialogue.
Edgar Allen Poe
Poe was considered the inventor of detective fiction and an outstandingly descriptive and powerful horror/mystery. Edgar Allen Poe is acceded with influencing most Mystery Writers including extremely popular authors like Arthur Conan Doyle
In Cold Blood
Truman Capote's most famous book based of an unexplained murder in the middle of Kansas. This book broke grounds for Non-Fiction Mystery and Murder Mystery.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Homes are the most recognized peaces of Mystery ever to grace this earth. these outstanding pieces of literature perfectly mesh intriguing character personality, especially in the character of Sherlock Holmes, and clue based detective Mystery.
Tales of Myster and Macabre
Edgar Allen Poe's short stories where the origin of great mystery. using eerily stimulating adjectives and ominous or twisted stories made him the inspiration for almost all other Mystery writers
Suspects: Characters believed to have possibly committed the crime
Detective (Sleuth): Character trying to solve the mystery
Witnesses: Characters who saw the crime being committed
What is the plot comprised of?
A problem that needs to be solved
An event that cannot be explained
A secret
Something that is lost or missing
A crime that has been committed
Now mix it all together......
Beginning: Characters are introduced and the reader learns about the problem
Middle: Detectives work to solve the mystery by interviewing suspects and gathering clues
End: The mystery is solved
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