I have often wondered what an ‘explosive story’ actually means when I have read it in a book review. It may just be a term to catch a reader’s attention; it may mean it actually does have explosions in it! Or it could simply mean a story is sensational.
But I have come to the conclusion that most mean it to imply that something startling or shocking happens in a story. It could also suggest some kind of expose (especially if it is a ‘true-life’ type story. Whatever the true meaning the term does have an ear catching ring to it and for those looking for a roller coaster thriller-type read, it meets the criteria for that kind of story.
However, I have sometimes found that it is disappointingly naïve to rely on these kinds of descriptions as the promise is not always delivered on. But there again if it gets people to look at your story perhaps it is worth talking it up…
For me an ‘explosive story’ is one where the unexpected happens in a startlingly abrupt way. Sometimes, it is just such an action which turns a mundane story into an electrifying one. In other words a shocking, surprising development can make your story ‘explode into life’ and carry an impetus which will keep a reader gripped to the very end. Now that is a satisfyingly ‘explosive novel’!
Do you use the unexpected to make your story explosive?