- Thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, television, and gaming
that includes numerous and often overlapping sub-genres. Thrillers are
characterized by fast pacing, frequent action, and resourceful heroes
who must thwart the plans of more-powerful and better-equipped villains.
A thriller is villain driven plot, whereby he presents obstacles the
hero must overcome. The genre is a fascinatingly flexible form that can
undermine audience complacency through a dramatic rendering of
psychological, social, familial and political tensions and encourages
sheltered but sensation-hungry audiences, in Hitchcock's phrase, "to
put their toe in the cold water of fear to see what it's like."