Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ratings Criteria + More

First of all, a couple of days ago, I posted a blog asking for people's thoughts on what criteria they used for rating a book.  Thanks to those who responded.  I also wanted to give you Jill Broderick's Facebook page because she got some great feedback.  To see that, search for rhapsodybooks.  3 different options will come up.  Take the 3rd option, which says Jill Broderick.  Then scroll down until you see a post about ratings.  Spend some time to scroll through the comments.  It's worth the couple of minutes it will take you.

Second of all, Steve Berry posted an article on Facebook about the difference between books that are mysteries and those that are thrillers.  This is really interesting.  Here it is:
175 years ago today Edgar Allen Poe’s story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” first appeared in “Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine”. Many people consider it the first modern mystery story. Homer’s “Odyssey” is one of the oldest stories in the Western world and is regarded as the earliest example of a thriller. 
Have you ever considered the difference between a mystery and a thriller? Both involve criminal activity, catching the bad guy and usually at least one murder. Mysteries are usually a slower paced story and appeal to people who like to solve puzzles. The story almost always has a hero trying to find a killer. 
Thrillers are more fast paced, filled with suspense, and in general appeal to those who like excitement and danger. They keep the reader on the "edge of their seats" as the plot builds towards a climax. The cover-up of important information from the viewer is a common element. The hero is usually trying to stop some person or persons from committing an evil act and frequently there doesn’t appear to be any way for the hero to win. 
Do you enjoy both mysteries and thrillers, or are you more of a thriller only reader?

Third of all, I just found out that The Girl on the Train will be released as a movie, starring Emily Blunt, Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, and Justin Theroux (Jennifer Anniston's husband), among quite a few others, on October 7 of this year.  I didn't like this nearly as much as many others did (2.5/4), but the movie could be good.  Here's a trailer provided by Paula Hawkins, the author.

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Thrilled to share the official trailer for the movie adaptation of my book, ‪#‎TheGirlOnTheTrain‬! I can't wait to see Emily Blunt Official star as Rachel on the big screen - coming this October!


1 comment:

  1. Going to check out the comments on Jill's FB page.

    I'm on the fence on The Girl on the Train movie.