Suspense in the formula story
Dove states that the purpose of this book is "to develop a theoretical base for a critical approach to the interpretation of the formula story." Such an approach should take into account the relationship between author and reader that determines such tacit agreements as the two axioms of formula fiction, the reader-knowledge convention, and the signals that pass between author and reader. Specifically, the chief concern of this book will be the criticism/interpretation of the mystery.
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Archer basic becomes begins Beside the Screen Black Seraphim Bond Bourne Identity Chapter classic clues convention core cultural detective fiction detective story device discussion effect elements encounter story especially example Exorcist feel Flitcraft formal-problem formula fiction formulaic conditioning Franchise Affair function genre Ghost Story Greene Murder happens hard-boiled hints Hunt for Red interpretation Ipcress File keep Last Seen Wearing Leamas Lecturer Beside level of acceptance Live Twice Maltese Falcon menace messages and signals Miss Pym motive narrative narrator non-formula novel pages later paradox participation phase Philo Vance plot police popular fiction popular formula story principle problem Process Criticism promise promissory plants purpose question reader-knowledge reading Red October Robert Ludlum role Rosary Murders S.S. Van Dine says sense Solitary Figure solution Spade spy story suggestion supernatural Suspense Process Suspense Structure tale of detection tension theme thing thriller Tupolev victim Voice of Cognition watch writer