• July 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm #2918
    Jane Y
    Participant

    Could you update the drop-down menus to include TV scripts or long-form television? And, for genre, thrillers? Thriller as a genre is distinct from mystery, which has a single goal (whodunit), whereas thrillers have multiple goals. Hitchcock really didn’t direct mysteries. For example, his adaptation of John Buchan’s Thirty-nine Steps is really a thriller, as is Notorious.

    July 19, 2015 at 4:32 pm #2920
    Vik Rubenfeld
    Keymaster

    Could you update the drop-down menus to include TV scripts or long-form television?

    Added!

    And, for genre, thrillers? Thriller as a genre is distinct from mystery, which has a single goal (whodunit), whereas thrillers have multiple goals.

    These are excellent observations. For just the reasons you note, the list is carefully titled Styles, in order to distinguish it from a list of Genres. For example, Netflix calls out hundreds of Genres (Link). The Styles list focuses on the Author’s Goal, rather than Genre characteristics. In the case of the style, Mystery, the author’s goal is “to shock, frighten, and involve us in a puzzle to be solved. There are often creaking doors and dark stairways—and always startling twists of plot. Suspense is the main feature; the overall effect is like a rubber-band being stretched to the breaking point.” This appears to describe the work of Hitchcock well.

    Something in the Genre of Whodunit/Mystery/Detective story could be done in any of the given Styles!

    Does this satisfactorily answer your question? Please ask me any follow-up questions, and let me know if I can provide additional info.

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