Literature is a luxury, Story is a necessity.
–G. K. Chesterton
Thrilling explores the parallel worlds of compulsive reading and thrillers, a genre consumed by roughly half the world’s readers. What’s the psychology behind reading thrillers or other genre fiction every single day? “Escapism” doesn’t totally cover it. Freud dubbed this kind of behavior repetition compulsion. What do we get from compulsive reading and what do we lose?
I look at this phenomenon two ways: my own compulsive reading habits coupled with a deep dive into the works of a closely linked cohort of thriller writers.