Podcast Episode 63: Using Fear in FictionBy Carma Spence
This week I chat with award-winning author Andrew Pyper about his work, translating novels into scripts or other forms of media, the use of fear in fiction, the differences between literary and genre fiction, developing an idea into a novel, the differences between Canadian and other English speaking readers, and more.
Mentioned in this Episode:
A publishing industry term that means a thriller with pace, danger and tension, that also features three-dimensional characters, a literary writing style, a complex plot mechanism and elements that challenge the reader to think. In a way, they are a cross between the traditional thriller and literary fiction.
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969 to Something to Answer for by P.H. Newby. This award promotes the finest in fiction, rewarding the very best book of the year.
The term “purple prose” refers to writing that is so extravagant, ornate or flowery that it can break the flow and draw attention to itself. This type of writing is often sensually evocative beyond the needs of its context.
For more information about Andrew Pyper:
Previous Canadian guests have included:
- Joseph Picard: Podcast Episode 21: Attack of the Nanite Zombies
- Jonathan Ball: Podcast Episode 39: Pushing the Boundaries of Genre Literary Art
- A.P. Fuchs: Podcast Episode 44: The Self-Evident Truth
- Robert J. Sawyer: Podcast Episode 30: Exploring Options in Science Fiction
Further Information and Reading:
- Types of fiction: Thrillers
- SF subgenres: What is a thriller?
- Types of fiction: Literary fiction
- Types of fiction: Genre fiction