Present word count of WIP: 58,962
Suspense novels are thrilling . . . when read in moderation. At least, that’s my theory. And any good theory needs testing, right?
As I’ve written in this article, humans are geared for suspense, but is there such a thing as too much? Would a steady diet of suspense fiction keep you on the edge of your seat, or would it begin to seem repetitive?
I’ve decided to find out. Two years ago, NPR put out a list of the top 100 “Killer Thrillers” as voted on by their listeners, and I’m going to read and review every book on that list. Except for some books by friends, as well as other books I may have to judge for contests, I’m going on a “suspense diet.”
Beginning in July (after my daughter has left for California), each Thursday will be my “Thriller Thursday” in which I’ll post a review of one of the “Killer Thrillers.”
Granted, it may take me 3-5 years to get through the whole list, but I’m game. (Note: I’m also perfectly willing to set a book aside if it proves too gory, violent, vulgar, or salacious. This may well cut the list in half, but at least I’ll get through it quicker.)
#1 on the list and first up: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (Shudder!)
I want to find out two things:
1) Will they continue to thrill or become repetitive?
2) What kind of effect will such a reading diet have on me personally?
What do you think the answers to those questions will be a year from now? I’d love to hear your own theories.