Espionage fiction, also known as spy fiction, is a literary genre which involves the aspect of espionage as a main theme of the plot. This genre has emerged in the early 20th century and has been influenced by rivalries and intrigues between the major powers. During the fascism and communism, this genre grew dramatically and continued developing during the Cold war and modern times.
As a genre, espionage fiction thematically relates to adventure novels and thrillers.
The early examples of espionage fictions date back to the 1800s, with the production of The Spy and The Bravo by James Fenimore Cooper.
Most of the authors who produced espionage fictions have been members of British agencies such as MI5 or MI6, or American companies such as the OSS and CIA.
Over the years, many espionage fiction books have been adapted to spy films. As well as this, also TV programmes based on this topic have been produced from the 1950s.
Spy thriller is a literary genre which is characterised by features such as suspense, surprise, excitement, anticipation and anxiety. Thrillers plots are usually focused on the climax which permits the reader to be excited and curious about what he is reading.
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