Tuesday, April 24, 2018

TTT - 5 Commonly Used Themes in Horror Novels

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but starting this week, they are handing over the reins to ThatArtsyReaderGirl who can be found HERE.  Each week she will focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

This week's topic was frequently used words in a genre of your choice.  This seems both hard and too easy, so I modified this week's topic to 5 commonly used themes in horror novels.  Now that I think of it, this may be hard as well.  I think my brain just isn't working.





ANIMALS GONE WILD

So basically you take a species of animals, which is scary in and of itself, and make it even scarier but mutating it or really pissing it off.  Said species usually then turns around and kills lots and lots of people!

HAUNTED HOUSES

Pretty self explanatory right?

SERIAL KILLERS


Mentally deranged people doing mentally deranged things all the while proving my point that people are often the REAL horror in the world.

SUPERNATURAL BEINGS


Supernatural entities (werewolves, vampires, fairies) doing mean and vicious things while being their mean and vicious selfs.  Not to be confused with paranormal romance where said supernatural entities are hot and sexy and want to go home with you.

WITCHES


They may be good but they are often more exciting when they are bad and out to rule the world. 

BONUS:  

THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS ENDING


So something has happened to the world and humanity had hit dire straights.  Usually makes bad people do bad things (and sometimes good people too!)

So there you have it.  I look forward to seeing what everyone else listed this week!

33 comments:

  1. Animals gone wild lol- love it! And yes to the end of the world! Why is that so fun ha ha??

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    1. I don't know but you're right, it is fun to read about. Maybe because we are confident it will never happen (although we probably shouldn't be).

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  2. That's alright, my brain wasn't wrking too and got stuck on two very irritating things this week. Animals gone wild and Haunted Houses *shivers* Totally familair themes for sure!

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    1. My brain hasn't really been working well all week!

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  3. I had to make up my own list again this week. I thought the last couple weeks were hard lists! I like your list. Haunted house mysteries/thrillers are my favorite.
    Here is my list for TTT https://jolenewilsonblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/tell-me-tuesday-35

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    1. I agree, the last few weeks I've had to think harder than usual.

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  4. I love this spin on the topic. I think you nailed the top five horror themes, also you put me in the mood to read some horror😁

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    1. Yay, being in the mood for horror is always a good thing!

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  5. I'm kind of surprised that you didn't use Cujo for your "animals gone wild" book. These are definitely huge themes in horror. Love your twist on this weeks topic.

    Have a great week. - Katie

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  6. All good themes! I'm wishing for more witch books. I don't read enough of those.

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    1. I find that witches tend to show up in urban fantasy more than horror - which is a shame.

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  7. Apparently I'm a theme junkie though, because all of these look fun and I don't care if they're the most commonly used! lol I guess classics are classic for a reason.

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  8. I haven't seen anyone do horror novels today. Nice twist on the topic! And you're right -- these are very familiar tropes in the genre.

    Happy TTT!

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  9. I just made an audible "oooo" sound when I saw your topic. I have come across all of these in the horror genre.

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  10. Awesome list! I definitely see a lot of serial killers in horror novels!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Yes, serial killers are quite popular this year with all the thriller being released.

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  11. None of these ever get old. As long as the author can put a good spin on it, they stay entertaining.

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  12. I love "animals gone wild" or "nature gone wild" horror novels! I call them the creature feature of books, and I just can't say no to them!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Yes, creature features. Have you read Hunter Shea yet? He is really good at creature books!

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  13. Honestly, I could read about haunted houses and the world ending stories forever. And ghosts. I love ghost stories. Okay, I really just love horror in general. Great list! :)

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    1. Yes, I tend to love ghost stories as well. There's just something about them.

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  14. These are all really great themes that I do enjoy. Lately, I seem to be grabbing end of the world as we know it more than the others but they all work great!

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  15. I am having such a hard time with these TTT topics lately and end up not doing them at all. I love all of these horror themes :)

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  16. Love this! The paranormal was the best. They're scary unless they're hot! ;) I have to admit, I do enjoy paranormal romance! I've been reading a lot of the Mr. Mercedes theme lately. Psychological thrillers are my thing though. And, yes I agree that people can be much scarier than any of these other categories. Ack!

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  17. Yes but they are topics we all enjoy!!!!

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  18. I decided not to do this topic as it looked too much like hard work! The topics at the moment just aren't to my taste...I mean seriously, slay a lion to get hold of a book???

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