From the Mind of Master Imaginationist Crystal Connor ~"A Trusted Name in Terror."

The Darkness, Artificial Light, In The Valley of Shadows

Monday, October 11, 2010

One more time for good measure

So this little note came with the latest review:

"You are not a horror writer. Your writing style is considered MacGuffin therefore The Darkness, and all the other little stories on your blog, should categorized as horrifying Thrillers, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Urban Fantasy Thrillers and so on."

Ok, so what the fuck does MacGuffin? Right, I asked myself the very same thing, so I Googled it and here's what Wikipedia had to say about it:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
[A MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin or maguffin) is “a plot element” that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction".

The defining aspect of a MacGuffin is that the major players in the story are (at least initially) willing to do and sacrifice almost anything to obtain it, regardless of what the MacGuffin actually is.

In fact, the specific nature of the MacGuffin may be ambiguous, undefined, generic, left open to interpretation or otherwise completely unimportant to the plot. Common examples are money, victory, glory, survival, a source of power, or a potential threat, or it may simply be something entirely unexplained.

The director and producer Alfred Hitchcok popularized both the term "MacGuffin" and the technique, with his 1935 film The 39 Steps an early example of the concept.]

Oh. Well...that's not so bad. While we're at it we might as well look up the official term for Thriller:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
[Thriller is a genre of literature, film and television that uses suspense, tension, and excitement as the main elements. The primary subgenres of thrillers are: mystery, crime and psychological thrillers. Thrillers are mostly characterised by an atmosphere of menace, violence, crime and murder by showing society as dark, corrupt and dangerous, though they often feature a happy ending in which the villains are killed or arrested.] Not the ones I like =D

[Thrillers heavily promote on literary devices such as plot twists, red herrings, and cliffhangers.
They also promote on moods, such as a high level of anticipation, adrenaline rush arousal, ultra-heightened expectation, uncertainty, anxiety and sometimes even terror.The brightest examples of thrillers are the Hitchcock’s movies.]

Whoa...really? Not such a bad place to be, but I'm done worrying about it The Darkness and the two books following in this trilogy are Science Fiction just to make it easier on the powers that be who need to categorized it.

The only thing I care about is that you, the reader, categorize it as a good book.

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