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ADEN 1287 Popular Fiction: Action Thrillers (Fall: 4 )

Course Description

James Patterson has defined action thrillers by the “intensity of emotions they create ... of apprehension and exhilaration, of excitement and breathlessness. ... By definition, if a thriller doesn’t thrill, it’s not doing its job.” John Grisham, Dan Brown, Stieg Larson, Michael Crichton, Tess Gerritson, Thomas Harris - whether legal, political, military, medical, psychological or sci-fi writers - nonstop action, precarious situations, hair-raising suspense, and heroic characters all exemplify the best thrillers. Course examines the various thriller genres, the control of pacing, the treatment of time, the use of language, and the manipulation of event. Students come to understand and work with the ways authors tell a story and sense what is essential for making fiction.


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17