27 May 2013


I was in a bookshop the other day and, walking around the shop, I could not fail to notice the amazing number of crime books in relation to other genres. I wonder why? Why are we so obsessed by crime? Is it true that what appalls and terrifies can also act as a magnet? Does reading crime books make us less terrified, less appalled? I would love to hear what you think.


  1. It's an interesting question :) I think we are drawn to (and intrigued by) the extremes of human life and emotion (which is probably why auto-biographies are a popular genre as well). I'm not sure reading crime novels makes me less scared; well-written stories have the power to terrify me to the point of locking the doors :P Yet, a poorly written crime novel has the opposite effect (and isn't worth the time) - if you know where it's going and there's a 'formula' feel about the book, it quickly becomes boring. So, while there are plenty of books in the genre, not all have the power to entertain or terrify.

    1. I would have to agree with you, Annette, regarding the poorly- written crime novel or the one that has been written to a worn-out formula (and, as you intimated, there are many of those); however, the question remains, why are there so many such books? The question becomes even more pertinent when one takes into account the above (poorly-written and boring).