chapter  5
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The Paradox of Suspense

WithNoel Carroll

It is an incontrovertible fact that people can consume the same suspense fiction again and again with no loss of affect. Someone may reread Graham Greene’s This Gun fo r Hire or re-view the movie The Guns ofNavarone and, nevertheless, on the second, third, and repeated encounters be caught in the same unrelenting grip of suspense that snared them on their first encounter. I myself have seen King Kong at least 50 times, and yet there are still certain moments when I feel the irresistible tug of suspense.