Psychological Thriller Genre And Its Major Characteristics

Sojida Samandarova


The importance of historical conditions and factors in the emergence of the thriller genre in literature, its subgenres and their main characteristics have been studied and systematically analyzed in this article from a conceptual point of view. The specific aspects of the psychological thriller, the differences from the works written in detective or gothic style, and the common aspects with them have been compared, taking into account that they have a common root. The role of social and political factors in the development of the psychological thriller as a literary genre in American literature is important. It has been proved through the fundamental reforms implemented in the country’s law enforcement agencies. Their positive results, and the achievements made in the fight against criminals are reflected in the psychological thriller written by Thomas Harris. In a psychological thriller, the author prepares the reader for a closer look at the human psyche while depicting the emotional state of the characters and the struggles in their inner world. Psychological thriller novels do not have clear boundaries, unlike works depicting the process of detective or police procedurals. Therefore, it is natural for a thriller writer to be free, to a certain extent use the characteristics of other genres, to be inspired by them and create as such.


Psychological Thriller, Detective Fiction, Profiling, Suspense, Horror, Psychologism

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