Psychological thriller

Psychological Thriller

Psychological thriller

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Psychological thriller is a specific sub-genre of the broad ranged thriller genre. It often incorporates elements from the mystery and drama genre, in addition to the typical traits of the thriller genre. Psychological thrillers are films with an emphasis on the psychological state of the protagonists, often common people who, either by accident or their own curiousness, are dragged into a dangerous conflict or situation that they are not prepared to resolve.

Characters are no longer reliant on physical strength to overcome their brutish enemies (which is often the case in typical action-thrillers), but rather are reliant on their mental resources, whether it be by battling wits with a formidable opponent or by battling for equilibrium in the character's own mind. The suspense created by psychological thrillers often comes from two or more characters preying upon one another's minds, either by playing deceptive games with the other or by merely trying to demolish the other's mental state

Literary devices and techniques

  • Stream of consciousness – a literary technique which seeks to describe an individual's point of view by giving the written equivalent of the character's thought processes. In psychological thrillers, the narrative tries to manifest the character's psyche through word usage, descriptions, or visuals.
  • First-person narrative – a literary technique in which the story is narrated by one or more of the characters, who explicitly refers to him or herself in......
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