East meets west: the reader response theory in thriller fictions

Latiff Azmi, Mohd Nazri and Abd. Rahman, Mairas (2015) East meets west: the reader response theory in thriller fictions. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 174. pp. 58-63. ISSN 1877-0428

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Abstract

This comparative literature study focuses on the elements of Reader Response Theory (RRT) in thriller fictions between two outstanding American and Malaysian novelists, Sidney Sheldon and Ramlee Awang Murshid. Sheldon, one of the most famous American authors who wrote a lot of magnificent novels, whereas Ramlee is an established thriller fiction novelist in Malaysia. According to International Thriller Writers, a thriller is characterized by "the sudden rush of emotions, the excitement, and sense of suspense, apprehension, and exhilaration that drive the narrative, sometimes subtly with peaks and lulls, sometimes at a constant, breakneck pace." Therefore, this qualitative study aims to find the similarities and differences of both popular novelists from the view of RRT and how they managed to attract readers. From other point of views, the study also stresses on the elements of the concepts of “meaning” and “truth” in their literary works, in which are the main attractions to their avid readers and followers. Based on the findings, it is obvious that both authors implement different styles and figurative language to capture reader’s thriller mood, in which it is extremely successful.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Depositing User: Dr Mohd Nazri Latiff Azmi
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2015 02:57
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2015 02:57
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/3250

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