Tell Me Something Tuesday: Horror or Thriller?

Posted October 27, 2020 by Berls in Tell Me Something Tuesday / 5 Comments

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday was hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, but she has (temporarily?) stopped blogging. So a group of us that had been doing posts (Linda from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Karen from For What It’s Worth, Roberta from Offbeat YA, Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About  and me) decided to get together, come up with some more topics and keep the meme going.Michelle made us a logo and we’re off and running. For more details, check out this post where I reintroduced the meme.

I can be sporadic, but when I do join in I will always share next week’s topic at the end of the post. So, today is about…

How do you like to be scared? Horror? Thriller?

For the longest time, my answer to this question was plain and simple – “I don’t like to be scared.” But I’ve gown 😉

I’m not touching Horror with a 10 foot pole. But I’ll pick up a suspense / thriller from time to time. Sometimes I even find myself really wanting to read one. To me there is one essential difference in Horror vs Thriller.

Horror, you gotta run and fight your way out. Violence is the answer against these scary monsters. And yeah, that doesn’t work for me. I’d lose. And I just don’t love the blood and gore.

Thriller, you have to use your brain. It’s strategy, out thinking the bad guy and not falling for his tricks. Not that I’m a genius – far from it – but with the brains strategy I have a chance. And I enjoy testing my brain a lot more than reading the blood and gore. So I choose thriller.

What about you? What do you prefer? Both? Neither?

Next week’s topic: What do you do for fun when you aren’t blogging?

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Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!

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5 responses to “Tell Me Something Tuesday: Horror or Thriller?

  1. Jen

    No horror. I don’t read either genre. But I do like books that have suspense – like I remember reading Jurassic Park back 30 years ago and I was constantly “OMG” because I was so worried and “scared” what would happen next. But not scary… suspenseful.

  2. I like how you distinguish why you prefer one over the other. I’m not big on being scared and thrillers aren’t the same level of scare-factor for me. But the intellectual side of getting to the end is a good reason, too. 🙂

  3. “Not that I’m a genius – far from it – but with the brains strategy I have a chance. And I enjoy testing my brain a lot more than reading the blood and gore. So I choose thriller.”
    Ha! I’m a fan of classic mysteries (Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, John Dickson Carr, Rex Stout), and I enjoy testing my brain as well. But I don’t know…modern thrillers work better on TV than on paper for me. At the same time, while I don’t go out of my way to read horror, I read the kind of books that come with a side of horror (afterlife, supernatural, sci-fi), and I’ve gotten used to blood and gore through the years (I couldn’t stand the sight of…pretty much anything bloody when I was a teen). So, who knows – maybe you’ll find yourself reading some slightly tamer horror as well one day 😉.