Essay 224 – Crime novels and TV crime dramas are becoming popular

GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 224

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In many countries today, crime novels and TV crime dramas are becoming more and more popular.

Why do you think these books and TV shows are popular? What is your opinion of crime fiction and TV crime dramas?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


Model Answer:

Nowadays, in many parts of the world, crime fictions and TV crime shows have grown increasingly popular. This essay will discuss the logical reason for this trend before venturing any opinion.

The reason behind this growing popularity of crime fictions and TV shows is that people have an inherent aspiration for justice. We also have a continuing need for resolution and our psyche desires that good wins against evil, yet the world we live in cannot match our expectation for justice. While browsing online news sources or the daily newspapers, we are bombarded with negative news insisting that incidents are beyond our control. In this grim reality, escaping from reality and immersing in crime-related show or novel very often offers us the resolution we may otherwise lack.

Moreover, it is a genre where good mostly wins and evil is punished ultimately. Thus, the compelling reason for the popularity of crime-related fictions and TV series is that this genre brings criminals to justice. Finally, these stories and shows are fast-paced and come with suspension and thrills which excite us as readers and viewers. So, with the availability of the internet, and streaming services, such programmes are becoming popular faster than ever.

For me, however, crime thrillers or dramas offer an ideal combination of horror and safe. To illustrate, when a viewer starts a crime show, there is one thing they can be fairly sure that the protagonist will vanquish the antagonist, save the child, catch the terrorist, or prevent the globe from being devastated, in most cases. For me, as a viewer, the triumphant smile of the hero is quite important; because it reminds me that there is hope and that there is someone out there, no matter how ordinary, who will take a stand.

To conclude, viewers and readers are interested in crime based TV series or novels these days, more than in the past, due to their intrinsic need for justice, but my interest in this genre is limited to the significance of the victory of the good over the bad.

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