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Friday, August 24, 2012

Writing Tidbit #1

"Writing Tidbits" is something I totally just made up and they are quick, short post about something writerish.  

I've been reading Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile" for school.  I've never really gotten into mysteries before, but I have LOVED "Death on the Nile."  I write adventure novels.  Mysteries are a form of adventure novel, but I have noticed some interesting differences.  

1.  In adventure novels, a death of a main character is supposed to be surprising.
2.  In mystery novels, you typically already know who is going to die before they die.     

1.  In adventure novels, you usually "see" the death.  Which means you know how the character died, or who killed the character.
2.  In mystery novels, you do not "see" the death so you do not know who killed the character.  

1.  In adventure novels, the death is usually the result of the plot.  
2.  In mystery novels, the death is the plot.  

1.  In adventure novels, you feel emotion at the death of the character, be it anger, sadness, happiness, relief, etc.
2.  In mystery novels, the emotion comes with the tension and anxiety to find out who committed the murder.


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