Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Merely Mystery Reading Challenge 2012

Literary Feline over at Musings of a Bookish Kitty has come up with what sounds like a really fun reading challenge - the Merely Mystery Reading Challenge 2012. I'm not actually sure how much mystery stories I read, but I do love Agatha Christie and that has got to be a good start right?

Basically, the challenge is one two levels, one of which is two read two or more books from each crime fiction sub-genre, or read at least one book from all genres. The sub-genres and their descriptions are shamelessly copied from Literary Feline:

The Whodunit: The classic crime puzzle. The story generally revolves around determine who committed the crime, and potentially apprehending them. Some Whodunits, called "fair play mysteries", will include all of the clues available in the text so that a careful reader can solve the crime on his or her own.

Locked Room Mystery: Like the Whodunit, there is a puzzle (crime) to solve. However in this instance, the crime has taken place under impossible circumstances, such as in a locked room or on an island with no way to exit or enter.

Cozy: The nice person's mystery. Often the crime, particularly if it's violent, occurs off scene. Sex and language are on the cleaner side. Humor is a common feature of the cozy.

Hard-Boiled/Noir: Often cynical, bleak or realistic, hard-boiled and noir stories often focus more on the characters involved instead of the crime. Violence and sex are not downplayed.

The Inverted Detective Story: In this style of story, the person perpetrating the crime is known up front. The point of the story is to see how (or if) the detective goes about solving the crime and how the perpetrator reacts to the investigation.

The Historical Whodunnit: Simply put, this is a mystery set in a historical setting. Often the mystery has some historical significance and features detection methods that are appropriate for that era.

The Police Procedural: Instead of featuring a independent detective, the police are investigating the crime in these stories. They often focus on the actual methods that police officers use to solve crimes.

The Professional Thriller: This kind of mystery involves a professional who is not involved directly in law enforcement, such a lawyer or doctor, who nonetheless finds themselves investigating a crime.

The Spy Novel: Related to the other professional mysteries, spy novels focus on intelligence operatives as they work to prevent or avenge some criminal plot. Spy novels can feature either in fantastic or realistic settings.

Caper Stories: While other crime and mystery stories look at the aftermath of crimes, caper stories feature criminals as the lead characters. The story usually details the planning and commission of a crime.

The Psychological Suspense: In these stories, the detective story takes on a psychological component.

Spoofs and Parodies: Spoofs and parodies make light of crime fiction, often with the goal of commenting on the conventions of the genre. Many feature famous characters, e.g. Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Philip Marlowe, or pastiches of those characters
 Honestly, I think I might be able to complete the Shamus who has seen it all challenge, because well, I'll like to challenge myself to read more mysteries. But then again, I do tend to read certain genres.... But I think I'll compete in the Down-On-Her-Luck Gumshoe, since:

a. I like Ace Attorney (Gumshoe's hilarious)
b. I like Ace Attorney. (To go on and on would be to engage in a circular arguement).

I think I'll create a page for reading challenges, since I want to start participating in more of them from next year, plus, it'll be easier to keep track of what I have/have not read from a single source. I wonder if Dective Conan counts as a Graphic Novel, then it'll be considered. I guess I'll consider it a graphic novel (it's over 800 chapters, I think it should get credit), in which case, the 2012 challenge can begin now!

With a keen eye for detail - One Truth Prevails! (From Detective Conan)

1 comment :

  1. Thank you so much for joining the challenge! I look forward to seeing what you decide to read for it.


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