General info: Mystery is a genre of fiction in which the nature of an event, usually a murder or other crime, remains a question until the end of the story. Characters, for whatever reason, get wrapped up in the investigation, and must use their knowledge and wits to solve the mystery. The Mystery genre is a part of a mass culture (prose works, movies, comics), which reveals a certain secret associated with the crime. The main feature of Mystery as a genre is some suspicious event, the circumstances of which are unknown and must be clarified by the main characters. Traditional Mystery can be as teasing to the audience as it is to the characters, but modern works in the genre can contain a supernatural aspect, the solution of which does not have to be logical. The current concept of the Mystery, as we know it, is still a young genre that only originated in the early 19th century, and became especially popular thanks to the serialized nature of stories like Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series. Readers would be chomping at the bit between each issue to find out what happens next. That sense of intrigue has continued on throughout the mystery genre, and it’s what fans say makes the genre so addicting.
Cultural overview: Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, John Dickson Carr, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, William Wilkie Collins, Erle Stanley Gardner, Nickolas Gene Carter.
Its development is associated with the development of litigation and the profession of criminal investigator. When facts and evidence finally began to play a major role in the investigation, the Mystery genre emerged.
Meaning: There is quite a large number of subgenres within the greater Mystery genre and a whole host of authors and other creatives who are providing fascinating new ideas into the broader Mystery subject., Still, works in the genre still connect to inscrutable murders or other crimes that may interest any reader, and Mystery has not waned in popularity over the years. Especially important here are the characters, mostly amateur detectives, who became known around the world: Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and so on.
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Distinctive traits of symbols: The main characters of the genre are: 1. Investigator – one who is directly involved in the criminal investigation.3. A private detective – who works for himself but becomes involved after being hired to investigate some petty crime and gets sucked down into a larger conspiracy. 4. An amateur investigator is the same as a private detective, with the difference that investigating a crime is not a profession for them, but a hobby. Stories about amateurs are becoming some of the most popular in the genre. 5. Criminal – commits a crime, sweeps away traces, tries to oppose the investigation. In the classic detective story, the figure of the criminal becomes known only at the end of the investigation. But there is a subgenre howcatchem, where from the beginning it is known who the criminal is, and the plot is a cat and mouse between law enforcement and the criminal. 6. Victim – the one against whom a crime was committed or the one who suffered as a result of an inexplicable event. 7. Witness – a person who has some information about the subject of investigation. The criminal is often first described in the investigation as one of the witnesses. 8. Companion of the investigator – a person who is in constant contact with him, participates in the investigation, but does not have the abilities and knowledge of the investigator. 9. Suspect – in the course of investigation there is an assumption that he committed a crime.
All subgenres of the mystery genre are formed on different variations of these characters, their actions, and their motives.