psychological thriller

specific sub-genre of the broad-ranged thriller

Psychological thriller is a genre combining the thriller and psychological fiction genres. It is commonly used to describe movies and books that deal with psychological narratives in a thriller or thrilling setting. In terms of context and convention, it is a subgenre of the broader ranging thriller narrative structure, with similarities to Gothic and detective fiction in the sense of sometimes having a "dissolving sense of reality". It is often told through the viewpoint of psychologically stressed characters, revealing their distorted mental perceptions and focusing on the complex and often tortured relationships between obsessive and pathological characters. Psychological thrillers often incorporate elements of mystery, drama, action, and paranoia. The genre is closely related to and sometimes overlaps with the psychological horror genre, the latter generally involving more horror and terror elements and themes and more disturbing or frightening scenarios.
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genre: psychological thriller

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Dune

1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert

author: Frank Herbert

1965

The Girl on the Train

2015 novel by Paula Hawkins

author: Paula Hawkins

2015

The Silence of the Lambs

1988 book by Thomas Harris

author: Thomas Harris

1988

Misery

novel by Stephen King

author: Stephen King

1987

Rage

novel by Stephen King

author: Stephen King

1977

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