Comments: 8
Witty Little Knitter 9 years ago
Yeah...some of these questions are...odd.
And I'm going to be *that* person now: in a writing seminar I once took we got told the difference between Crime and Thriller is that in crime an event (usually a murder) has already happened and the question is 'who did it?', in a thriller the characters learn about something that is about to happen (assassination, terrorist-attack) and the question is 'will they be able to stop it?'
Just that nobody seems to bother with that distinction much because they slap 'thriller' on the cover of so many book that really are just crime-novels (with a lot more blood and gore than your typical Agatha Christie)...perhaps with books on serial-killers you could argue it's a mixture of both (Who did it AND will we find him before he murders another person?) but I'd still see them more as crime.
Sorry...it seems I have many things to say on that subject.
Hehe, yes, so did I in my either/or responses ... ;) (Not too sure that it's still a valid distinction these days, either.)
Ceridwen 9 years ago
Thanks! Makes me pretty sure I'd go thriller then. I prefer bloodbath to puzzles.
Thank you for your answers, Ceridwen! Not sure who first came up with this, either, but from the memes included in the recent BookLikes admin post (plus some of that post's contents), it seems it might have originated with BookLikes themselves, and that recent post is a comment on the BL community's responses so far.

http://blog.booklikes.com/post/833490/post

And as you can see from my own "Either/Or" responses, I wasn't sure about some of the questions, either. Incidentally, I do have a friend who reads what's known in German (and rendered in the German version of this Q&A) as "Ratgeber" -- i.e., not just "straight-up" guides such as travel guides or do-it-yourself manuals, but also stuff like self-help books, popular psychology, esoterics and other lifestyle advice -- just as much as she reads fiction, so I suppose the rare person who doesn't respond to that particular question with a simple "WTF? Fiction, of course" does exist. (Also, several friends reinterpreted this to say "fiction or non-fiction" and then proceeded to state their preference for non-fiction.)
Ceridwen 9 years ago
Aha! That makes more sense if guidebooks also includes lifestyle stuff. I know some people who are always attempting to better themselves through books. I also can see a preference for non-fiction, though I don't share it.
Degrees of Affection 9 years ago
Wonderful answers! I'd never heard of a shaggy dog story before. I've looked it up and now am hoping to find some examples. Sounds interesting.
I agree with you, the question of what season you read is a dumb question.
I bet this was more fun to fill out with some wine!
Ceridwen 9 years ago
There's a couple shaggy dog jokes I adore, and it's possible I'm misapplying the term to fiction. Mieville called Kraken a "shaggy god" story, and given how many people threw it down in frustration for not getting to a point, the punny description seemed apt. 2312 is a shaggy dog story, lest when compared to other space opera which often focuses on lots of explosions. It's shagginess was why I loved it. Gravity's Rainbow might be a shaggy dog. I mean, it's not that these stories don't have points or come to conclusions, but there's a whole lot of awesome, meandering, secondary stuff happening too.

Wine always makes filling out forms better!
Even (or especially) tax forms! Plus, you can plead temporary insanity due to intoxication if they later charge you with having failed to declare something material that had clean slipped your mind ...