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Transcript of Mystery Genre
Ingredients for a Mystery
Suspects-Characters believed to have possibly committed the crime
Detective-Character trying to solve the mystery
Witnesses-Characters who saw the crime being committed
The building of characters, emotions, suspense and information are a few of the key aspects to mystery writing. This can be done through a technique called foreshadowing, which is a method applied by writers that gives hints, clues, information and settings in a story that suggests what will eventually happen as the plot unfolds. Foreshadowing can be utilized through elusive suggestions or direct information, which will build the story up to the final, climactic ending.
A staple of every mystery novel is the red herring. The only difference between a red herring and a regular clue is the red herring points away from the killer, not toward him or her. Red herrings are important in that they keep the murder from being solved too easily.
Location where the mystery takes place
Hints that can help the detective and the reader to solve the mystery. They can include things people say and do or objects that provide important information.
Mysterious Plot Features
When reading a mystery, the story usually includes one of the following:
A problem that needs to be solved
An event that cannot be explained
Something that is lost or missing
A crime that has been committed
The Great Train Robbery
Based on Michael Critchton's novel by the same title, this was the first mystery movie produced on a $150 budget.
Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time according to the Guiness Book of World Records. More than 33 novels centered around her character, Hercule Poirot. In her novel "Murder on the Orient Express," Poirot is drawn into a murder mystery on his travels between World Wars.
The # 1 New York Times Bestselling Author released his first novel for young adults in September 2011. The book, "Shelter" introduces Mickey Bolitair, the nephew of Myron Bolitair, a protagonist from Coben's adult novels.
Edgar Allan Poe
"Murders in the Rue Morgue" is the most
famous example of a mystery style known
as the "locked room."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Doyle introduces Sherlock Holmes in his novel, "A Study in Scarlet." Sherlock Holmes, a London-based "consulting detective" whose abilities border on the fantastic, is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases.
John Grisham, a notable fiction author in the 21st century, made his first foray into non-fiction writing with his novel "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town." The novel points out how even good detective work can sometimes go wrong.
Mysteries in the 21st Century
on the Big Screen
Mysteries in the 21st Century