Saturday, March 2, 2013

5 Things to Look for in a Good Suspense Novel

5 Things to Look for in a Good Suspense Novel: Guest Post by Paul Taylor

Who doesn't love a good suspense book or movie? Although sometimes we may get enraged by cliff-hanger styles of storytelling, we will still anticipate the next chapter or episode. Keeping someone on the edge of their seat is quite an accomplishment, if you think about it. A well written suspense novel can be very difficult to put down as you want to know what else is going on. What makes a good suspense novel difficult to put down?

1. Character Development - A reader needs to be emotionally attached to a character in order to drive a suspenseful situation. By descriptive context and realistic behaviors produced by the character, a reader could become involved on such a level that makes the reader care what happens to him or her. Beginner writers often leave their characters two dimensional and short on substance. This doesn't drive the emotional bond that suspense style writers want to accomplish.

2. The Plot - In order for a novel to be suspenseful, the character needs to be thrown into a perilous situation where danger is imminent. However, you don't want to submit the character to these situations too soon. You need enough time for the reader to become involved with the character on an emotional level. Subjecting the main character to danger from the beginning might make him or her seem more like an extra that is about to be killed off.

3. Realistic Danger - Providing realistic danger within a novel depends wholly on the genre. Dangerous situations can be presented in a number of ways, but they need to be realistic to the story. Otherwise, people will be more likely to question it and be filled with confusion rather than suspense.

4. Plot Holes - Sometimes, a writer may want to change how a story is playing out half-way through the novel. Like all manner of storytelling, these holes can take away from the experience and again raise more confusion than suspense. A story should have an even flow and a detailed order of events in order to keep the attention of the reader. Too many discrepancies could damage the story and make for a disappointing read.

5. Mystery - Fear of the unknown element provides an amazing amount of suspense in virtually any kind of media. Mysterious elements that have just enough body to play a role in the plot but not enough that the reader knows what it is can have a profound impact on the story itself. Even subject matter that people believe they have knowledge in can wind up second guessing themselves when the story is told from a different perspective than their own.

Everyone has different tastes when it comes to reading. While some are more prone to read horror novels, others feel that romance is more preferable. Regardless of your choices, suspenseful novels can be delivered in any genre, provided the author wants to incorporate it into the read. A good suspenseful novel could get your adrenalin pumping as well as any other movie can - even more so if you have a great imagination.

Author Bio: Paul and his wife Julie both spend quite a bit of time coming up with ideas, blogging, and researching all things related to childcare. They take care of all the necessary information related to “”. He personally thinks his blog will help with finding information on all things related to a babysitter.




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