Thriller vs Melodrama - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between thriller and melodrama

is that thriller is thriller (a suspenseful film or book) while melodrama is .

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • Something that thrills.
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  • (chiefly) A suspenseful, sensational genre of story, book, play or film.
  • Synonyms

    * pulp novel


    * horror movie, hardboiled crime fiction


    * detective story, mystery novel, whodunit, crime fiction

    See also

    * chiller ----



  • (archaic, uncountable) A kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes.
  • (countable) A drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the grave digging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".
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  • (uncountable, figuratively, colloquial) Any situation or action which is blown out of proportion.
  • Derived terms

    * melodramatic * melodramatics * melodramatist * melodramatize ----