I read an interesting article the other day published in The University Daily Kansan, the student voice of the University of Kansas, which was brought to me courtesy of the Book2Book web site. It asked the question why so many people are fascinated with the crime/mystery genre.
The mystery genre is intensely popular. In the “Library Journal” Random House declared mysteries their most popular audio books, which, the article said, seemed odd, given that most mystery novels concern what few people want to think about, death.
So why do so many people enjoy reading crime novels? I know from my own reading experience and my reader feedback that many people like a puzzle to solve, a mystery to pit their wits against, a thrill, lots of action and the psychology of characters - why do they do the things they do? That's what fascinates me. In fiction justice is served and the results neatly tied up, not like in messy real-life at all.
What do you think? Let me know.
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