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Genres of Literature. Vista Murrieta High School Library Mrs. Jacobs Library Media Teacher. Click on a book cover and you will go to the page that describes that specific genre. Adventure Story.

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genres of literature

Genres of Literature

Vista Murrieta High School Library

Mrs. Jacobs

Library Media Teacher

Vista Murrieta High School Library

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Click on a book cover and you will go to the page that describes that specific genre.

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adventure story
Adventure Story
  • Usually includes suspense, excitement, physical danger, travel to exotic settings, and an intrepid hero/heroine.
  • Relies on a series of exciting episodes unified by a theme of a search for a lost person, place or object.
  • Example: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island
  • Genres of Fiction (back)

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autobiography
Autobiography
  • The story of a person’s life written by him or herself.
  • Includes memoirs, diaries, and letters.
  • Example: Ben Franklin’s Autobiography
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biography
Biography
  • Coming of Age: A sociological term for the movement of an individual from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.
  • Stories that reflect a child’s passage from innocence to knowledge.
  • Child usually pays the price of pain and disillusionment.
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diary
Diary
  • A daily account of events recorded by an individual, usually personal in nature.
  • Synonymous with term of Journal
  • Example: Anne Frank’s Diary of A Young Girl
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drama
Drama
  • Any work in which actors assume roles before an audience, either in a theatre or on radio or television.
  • Examples:
    • Shakespearean Plays
    • Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

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fable
Fable
  • A short narrative in which the action of the characters, usually animals, conveys a moral lesson.
  • Example: George Orwell’s

Animal Farm

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fairy tale
Fairy Tale
  • A form of Children’s Literature
  • Consists of short, fanciful stories that feature witches, dragons, wicked stepmothers and fairy godmothers.
  • Rooted in oral tradition and folk literature
  • Examples: Brothers Grimm in Germany and Hans Christian Anderson in Denmark
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fantasy
Fantasy
  • Characterized by highly imaginative or supernatural events.
  • Example: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring Trilogy and James Barrie’s Peter Pan
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historical fiction
Historical Fiction
  • A significant historical event or era serves as the backdrop to a story that include fictional or historical characters or a mix of both
  • Examples:
    • Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind
    • Toni Morrison’s Beloved
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horror
Horror
  • Term used to describe literature with an emphasis on the macabre and the supernatural.
  • The success of the horror novel lies in the thrill of fear
  • Examples: Stephen King and Dean Koontz
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mystery
Mystery
  • A crime or a series of crimes is solved by a detective, either an amateur or a Private-eye.
  • Basic formula – murder or disappearance that leads to additional murders; a cluster of baffling clues, a number of plausible suspects, and a detective who employs logic to solve the crime
  • Example: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes
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romance
Romance
  • A narrative featuring adventures in exotic places, love stories, and or the celebration of simple rustic life.
  • Example: L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series
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science fiction
Science Fiction
  • Based on future possibilities, derived from scientific discoveries such as
    • Interstellar travel
    • Aftermath of nuclear war and environmental disasters
    • Altered states of consciousness
    • Extraterrestrial visitors to earth
    • Artificial intelligence
  • Example: H.G. Well’s Time Machine
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short story
Short Story
  • A fictional narrative, the length of which varies, but rarely exceeds 2000 words
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tragedy
Tragedy
  • Depicts the downfall of the leading character whose life, its disastrous end notwithstanding, represents something significant
  • Greece was the site of the great analysis of tragedy.
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western
Western
  • Fictional accounts of life on the American Western frontier
    • Focus on the adventures of a cowboy hero
  • Combines action and romance
  • Hero typically a man with a personal code of behavior and strong attachment to the outdoors
  • Examples: Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour
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genres
Genres
  • Books can be in more than one genre
    • A book can be a Classic piece of literature that is Science Fiction
  • Broaden your Reading, try books in several different genres
    • Start with similar genres – Science Fiction and Fantasy, or Horror and Mystery, or Adventure and Western genres

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