Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mystery: Characteristics

The most common characteristic of the mystery story is the need to solve a puzzle. Most frequently the main character of the story, the protagonist, is trying to figure out who committed a crime,  although less frequently the puzzle comes from how the crime was committed or why. Also, in stories for younger readers, the puzzle to be solved may not be a true "crime." 

Additional Characteristics:
  • A complex plot, with many twists and turns in what happens.
  • High suspense as the protagonist races to unravel the puzzle before time runs out.
  • A protagonist who is smart and sometimes quirky, often talking in a unique and recognizable way. (Think Sherlock.)
  • An unknown villain, since part of the mystery is who did it.

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