Daily we are inundated through all forms of Social Media with messages that tell us we are not safe. Images and stories from around the world shatter our sense of security, and our anxiety level rises with each new’s bite. Let’s face it. We feel helpless in a a scary world of hurricanes, terrorism and deadly mosquitoes.
According Shawn Coyne, thrillers helps us deal with our fear.
“We love thrillers because they reassure us that there is an order to the world and one person can make a difference, have an impact.” (Shawn Coyne, The Story Grid, p. 119)
Thrillers purge our gloom. They create a cathartic experience, as we follow the hero’s journey. They give us hope and faith that everything in the world will turn out all right.
“The thriller is all about one individual negotiating a complex world, living it to the limits of human existence, and usually triumphing over seemingly overwhelming forces of antagonism.” (Ibid, p. 119)
“…the thriller is the dominant Story form today because it serves the largest segment of society, those overwhelmed by the threats of modern life.” (Ibid, p. 87)
I love thrillers and never stopped to think about why that is, until now. I think Shawn Coyne makes a good point. Thrillers are cathartic and they give us hope. Who doesn’t need a bit of that?
What do you think?