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Best-selling Eco-Thrillers?

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Denise Heinze | 3 comments Does anyone know of an eco-thriller that became a commercial success? If so, would you please supply a title?


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Robert Zwilling | 3 comments How are you defining Eco-Thriller? Does the problem have to solved or can the problem be unfixable?
Are you asking about old stuff or new stuff?


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Denise Heinze | 3 comments Robert wrote: "How are you defining Eco-Thriller? Does the problem have to solved or can the problem be unfixable?
Are you asking about old stuff or new stuff?"


Hi, Robert. From what I've learned while writing my own version of an eco-thriller, it's a pretty broad genre and something of a works in progress. My take on it is a thriller that involves any issues about the environment, ecology, and nature. I'd love to hear how others define it. As for whether the problem is fixable or not, it doesn't matter to me. And old or new, if the eco-thriller was a commercial success, I'd love to know. I realize this will involve some subjective interpretations, but it will really help me understand what kind of monster I've created and how to categorize it.


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Robert Zwilling | 3 comments How to categorize it is the 64 million dollar question.

Here are two lists from goodreads. There isn't a lot to pick from.

https://www.goodreads.com/genres/eco-...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...

They have a mixture of best sellers and not so best selling due to any number of reasons, including just good old lack of visibility.

This has an interesting take on what it takes to be an eco thriller.

https://thetyee.ca/Books/2010/07/28/E...

Many successful movies were based on eco thriller stories but that in itself lends no importance to the term eco thriller. You can find some books by finding out what books popular movies were based on.

Soylent Green is from Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...

Eco Thriller is not a hook you can use to lift a book out of the crowded virtual world. Not yet anyway. There were a lot of stories from the 70s by popular writers that featured a future world harnessed to an ecological nightmare, but most of it is simply called science fiction.

Eco Science Fiction has more stuff listed to it than Eco Thriller. I think that is just drawing off the term science fiction.

https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/...

http://io9.gizmodo.com/5783874/10-wor...

Then you have Margaret Atwood stories which she says don't fit into any category.

P.K. Dick, Brunner, Herbert, Aldiss, wrote stories where there usually seems to be a stressed out environment as a staple part of the story. They could be the opposite of a victimless crime, as everyone is the victim of circumstance, and everything else unfolds from there.

I thought maybe eco mystery might have some traction, but after some searching it would appear not very many people are using Eco Mystery to describe a criminal mystery with ecological aspects.


message 5: by Denise (new)

Denise Heinze | 3 comments Thanks so much, Robert, for your detailed response. It appears "eco-thriller" is an unwieldy term that encompasses a lot, including any number or issues and chronologies. I'm looking forward to reading some of the works on the lists.

It's interesting to note that I set up a table at a global warming/climate change festival last month. In describing my novel to the festival-goers as an eco-thriller, I got a lot of blank looks. So it appears, at least anecdotally, that the proliferation of novels categorized as eco-thrillers has not matched a general awareness of what that term means!


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