MYSTERY GENRE BY SHUMAIL
The mystery story is a special branch of crime fiction that focuses attention on the examination of evidence that will lead to the solution of the mystery.
The crime and mystery genre has played a significant role in the development of comic books and graphic novels. Widely popular in other media, crime stories have largely been marginalized in American sequential art, primarily because of changes and controversies within the comics industry.
What IS Mystery
A strong hook
Active reader involvement in piecing together information
Effective, descriptive mood and language
A satisfying conclusion
In the eighteenth century, the chaplain of Newgate Prison in London was authorized to publish the stories of notorious criminals in The Newgate Calendar. From this practice sprang the often wholly fictional Newgate novels, accounts of sensational crimes.
From these beginnings, it remained for Edgar Allan Poe to devise the detective story in its now familiar form. Poe wrote three short works that are certainly detective stories, as well as others that are sometimes included in the genre. The first of these was “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841), which was followed by “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt” (1842) and “The Purloined Letter” (1845).
1920s To 1940s
The period of 1920 to 1940 represented the golden age of the novel of detection. It included the work of Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Earl Derr Biggers, and S. S. Van Dine (Willard Huntington Wright). Hundreds of novels were written during this period and were enjoyed by people at all levels of literary sophistication. The expectation of the reader was that a clever detective would be faced with a puzzling crime, almost always a murder or a series of murders, that had not been committed by a professional criminal; the solution of this mystery would come about by the examination of clues presented in the novel.
Golden Era Of Mystery Genre
Hooking a reader
The opening sentences and paragraphs of a mystery must hook readers. While a story is growing and developing in my mind, I give a great deal of thought to how I will begin it. Each of the mysteries opens with intrigue, action, or suspense and with a hint of the mystery to come. This usually means that any really necessary background information is woven in through short flashbacks as the story progresses.
Quote From The Novel
From his pocket, Mr. Justice Wargrave drew out a letter. The handwriting was particularly illegible but words here and there stood out with unexpected clarity. Pg#2\
Tips For Writing Mystery
Temptation To Keep Reading
:Because it's logical for many readers to reach stopping points at which a book can be put down, chapters in young adult mysteries should, for the most part, have cliffhanger endings which make it impossible not to keep reading. You can end a chapter with a paragraph that will lead into the next scene.
Quote From The Book
“He picked his drink and drank it off at a gulp. Too quickly, perhaps, he choked badly. His face turned purple…. Then slid down off his chair, the glass falling from his hand pg#74 Last lines of chapter 4
There is one more point: When the shoes are first mentioned, they are described as black and white. This description comes up again in the next paragraph. After this second mention, experienced readers will say, "That means something," and as they turn the pages, they'll begin to look for what that is. This is what I mean by a hidden clue put in to intrigue readers.
Quote From The Book
There's only * sir! only eight, It doesn't make sense, does it? Eight!
A study of the different genres of crime writing is important, too: the so-called cosies, the police procedural, the female private investigator or police detective, the horror-and-blood crime story.
Learn to read like a writer. Use well-constructed mystery novels for your laboratory. Try outlining the plot of a novel you particularly admire, then analyze how the author uses the villain's story to create the sleuth's.
Little More Tips
Inaccuracies Varied From The Obvious To The Oblivious
In the obvious, the writer lost track of some minor detail-- he or she changed a character's name or age but neglected to make the changes throughout.
Telling instead of showing.
Writer: "He had brushed disaster several times." Mentor: "How? In some of his earlier, high profile cases? About which we heard nothing?""Show, don't tell" is a cliche that every writer knows but sometimes ignores, including some of the mentors who cited this infraction of the rules; they just don't ignore it so often.
. Although it may have been clear in some writers' minds who was doing what, the mentor didn't have a clue. It's better to risk repeating a character's name too often than to confuse the reader.
Mistakes To Avoid In Writing Mystery
The world's best selling authour of all time. She wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short stories
And Then There Were None" is the fourth-best-selling single-volume book of all time (100 million approx. sales
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A dead female body lies at the bottom of a multistory building. It looks as though she committed suicide by jumping from one of the floors. When the detective arrives, he goes to the first floor of the building, opens the closed window, and flips a coin towards the floor. He goes to the second floor and does the exact same thing. He continues to do this until he gets to the top floor of the building. When he comes back down, he states that it was a murder and not a suicide. How does he know that?
Suicide Or Murder?
She couldn’t have jumped from any of the floors because when the detective went to each floor, all of the windows were closed.
Sooooooooooooooo, It was a murder
Nelson, F. William and Strauss, Gerald H. "The Detective Novel." Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition, edited by Carl Rollyson, Salem, 2010. Salem Online.
Rogers, Mark C. "Crime Pays: The Crime and Mystery Genre." Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: History, Theme, and Technique, edited by Bart H. Beaty and Stephen Weiner, Salem, 2012. Salem Online.
Butler, Gwendoline. “If You Want to Write a Mystery Novel.” Writer (Kalmbach Publishing Co.), vol. 110, no. 1, Jan. 1997, p. 18. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lkh&AN=9701104476&site=lrc-plus
Works CitedNixon, J. L. “Writing Mysteries Young Adults Want to Read.” Writer (Kalmbach Publishing Co.), vol. 104, no. 7, July 1991, p. 18. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lkh&AN=9107224732&site=lrc-plus..