Are Thrillers This Century’s Story Form? – The Story Grid #Review Post 5

story gridDaily 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)

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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?



Other Posts on The Story Grid

Narrative Velocity – Starting The Story Grid

Form Over Formula in Story Writing – The Story Grid Review, Post 2

The Power of Genre, Post 3

Off-Beat and Overwhelmed, Post 4

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Jo-Ann Carson writes a saucy mix of fantasy, adventure and romance. Her latest stories are in the Gambling Ghosts Series: A Highland Ghost for Christmas, A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day, Confessions of a Pirate Ghost and The Biker Ghost Meets his Match. An anthology of the novellas will be coming out this summer. Currently she is working on Midnight Magic, A Ghost & Abby Mystery, the first book in a spin-off series from her Viking ghost story. Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, playing Mah Jong and drinking good coffee. You can chat with her on social media: You can find all her links on her website -

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