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Corner books on the block

First-time authors seem to be choosing thriller and detective stories to venture into fiction writing, with new books in these genres hitting bookshelves.

books Updated: Jan 13, 2013 00:20 IST
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First-time authors seem to be choosing thriller and detective stories to venture into fiction writing, with new books in these genres hitting bookshelves.

Thriller stories are more gripping than any other genre for both readers as well as authors. There is more freedom to the author while writing — be it in the characterisation or the plot, says Aroon Raman whose debut The Shadow Throne was released recently.

Aroon, who is working on a sequel says, There are not many established Indian writers when it comes to English crime fiction like Surendra Mohan Pathak in Hindi. Hence the floor is very much open to debut authors.

Another author Upendra Namburi, a banking and finance professional who marked his writing debut with 31, a thriller, says, The subjects being written about have evolved significantly and so have the tastes of the readers. This is also led by the explosion of content across media, including television and movies.

It also reflects the nature of lives that we lead and our aspirations for thrills. This genre is seeing increasing interest both amongst debut and established authors says Namburi who is in process of writing a series of numbers triumvirate with the next two books titled 60 and 8.

Multiple foreign authors say these genres are not only enjoyed in novel writing but in theatre as well.