The mystery is a popular fiction genre in which the nature of an act, usually a crime or some other felony, remains unknown until the very end of the tale. Often within a closed group of suspects, each individual suspect is often given a reasonable chance of actually performing the deed or committing the crime. For example, a case such as that of Enron has a number of people implicated but there are no clear culprits. Each person needs to be proven guilty before there can be any sort of closure. This is where the element of surprise plays an important role. Without spoiling the ending completely, suspense is kept till the very end.
Another common element of the mystery genre is the protagonist/antagonist. The usual personalities are a detective or a secret agent, sometimes even a super-villain being hired by the government. They have either been appointed by the government or have been hired by someone to do a secret job for them. They are the main protagonist of this subgenre. It is almost always the case that their personal lives spiral out of control while on their mission. There are some exceptions; in fact, most subgenres within the mystery genre almost always have a hero and a villain.
One of the biggest defining characteristics of any mystery genre is the use of various structural distinctions to further the mystery or suspense. For example, serial killers have their own kind of style and presentation. Mystery genre writers also take great care in the structural distinctions they make between thematic emphasis and plot developments.
Varying degree of complexity
These are often presented in varying degrees of complexity. Most crime stories involve some level of meta-fiction. Meta-fiction refers to anything that describes an actual happening in the real world and is designed to be informative and educational for the reader. The mystery genre is no different: subgenres exist which are devoted to telling the readers how or why the crime or the situation has taken place.
Subgenres of this genre include what is known as psychological thrillers. These are usually about crimes that are related to psychology or even psychology itself. They are about the psychological aspects of criminal behavior and the ways that we are able or unwilling to distinguish between reality and fantasy. It could be about a school teacher who has killed his students and framed the teacher’s wife for the murder, or it could be about a serial killer who pretends to be a normal human being. These novels usually center on what is known or perceived as a normal type of behavior for criminals, and the ways in which a subculture of criminals tries to justify the crimes they commit.
Another of the subgenres of this mystery genre is the novel about the “other side.” These novels deal with crimes that occur off of the beaten path and are done in unseen circumstances. There are many different subgenres of this genre, which all have their own pros and cons, and many different themes that can be explored within them.
One of the biggest problems that face mysteries of this type is the use of legal symbolism or the use of complex or misevaluations of language, which are common to the mystery genre. Many legal professionals decry the use of symbolic language and misevaluations of language because it can be used to suggest that a crime was carried out in order to solve a particular legal problem. This is not only highly misleading and often misleading to the point of being blatantly false, but it can also delegitimize the legal system in the eyes of many people. When using this kind of misevaluation, it is important to make sure that the meaning of the symbols or words being used does not have an effect on the legal system or the crime itself. The use of vague language and other structural distinctions can also be problematic.
Mystery stories can also fall under this umbrella but can be much more difficult to handle. In this situation, there is a greater tendency for the mystery genre to be driven by the protagonist and how they uncover the hidden clues. The main character is almost always a detective themselves and their expertise is what drives the story since without the detective there would be no mystery. Additionally, a detective is often required to utilize their resources such as computers and other devices to get the job done. These devices are very expensive and therefore need to be very reliable, otherwise, there will be a loss of money and production.