Is the suspense genre different than the mystery genre?

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On the structural level, both suspense and mystery are the same.

There are superficial differences. For example, a mystery story may start off with a murder and then a hero is brought in to solve it. Whereas with a suspense story, the intent to murder may be discovered and the hero goes about trying to prevent it.

But on a structural level, both will involve an Ordinary World, a New World and so on.

Suspense is a feeling of uncertainty and anxiety. Arguably, each scene in every story should have a certain amount of that - in other words, the reader should want to keep turning pages...the viewer should want to keep watching, sitting on the edge of their seat.

The Hero's Journey and Transformation through a New World/State is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. Learn about this at

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