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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Adreneline Genres

Tonight I will begin teaching my students about all of the different genres of fiction. We will be talking about adventure, suspense, romantic suspense, and thrillers. These genres are grouped together because they are all extremely fast paced and action oriented. Also important, despite all of the action, drama, and sinister activities in these works, the protagonist of these novels is always safe and the conflict is resolved happily.

Obviously, there is more to it than a few sentences. I have three hours of lecture prepared. Key authors in these groups would be Clive Cussler, Harlen Coben, Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson, J.D. Robb, Sandra Brown, Dan Brown, David Baldacci, and Daniel Silva.

For more information, turn to the International Thriller Writers, Inc. This group includes authors who write adventure, suspense, thrillers, horror, and mystery. They publish anthologies, promote novels which have that adrenaline kick to them, give out awards to the best of their group, and have lots of links available. The International Thriller Writers is a fairly new group, but it has already made great strides toward helping readers of these genres to find good reads.

And for those of you who like you adventure to be true, try this list of the 100 Greatest Adventure Stories of All Time from National Geographic. I have read and suggested to patrons many of these titles with much success.

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