Literary Genres

By: Ben Klement

What is a Genre

A literary genre is a style of writing. The term "Literary Genre" generally talks about books and writing. Bookstores or libraries will sometimes use literary genres as a way to separate books into different sections, like "Adventure" or "Mysteries."The word genre means "kind, sort, or style."
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A story that is based on non-realistic elements.

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Science Fiction

Science Fiction usually consists of stories being told about science and technology in the future. It is not always true because you will soon start to feel you are reading the genre fantasy. Science Fiction often tells us about new discoveries and situations and how they could affect us later on. The setting is frequently told in the future, in space, or in a different universe or dimension.

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Realistic Fiction

Realistic Fiction are novels that are more modern day stories. The story might also be made up, but it could actually happened in real life.

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Historical Fiction

a book that the author has written about the past.

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Romance (Love Stories)

The Romance genre has two main characters in love. The usual theme is an issue with or within love. The Romance books may include: Love at first sight, forbidden love, and love triangles. The Romance genre aims to create strong emotions within the reader.

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Thriller (Horror/Scary Stories)

This is a genre that usually creates a sense of fear,fright,and anything that might scare you.

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Mystery books are novels including puzzles, and clues. It may involve crime scenes and unknown pieces of information. The characters a lot of times are spies and policeman

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Novels that are funny and cheerful. They are popular for their fun,lighthearted, and witty stories

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Adventure book are books that include a lot of danger, action, and risk taking. The hero usually find out a lot about themselves during the adventure. The event of the adventure don’t happen everyday.

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When a person writes a book about their own life. They usually write their life experiences,people they have met,things they have seen, and what they have learned.

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A Biography tells you about a person's life. A Biography also describes the person's feelings and motivations. The Biography might include the person's quote sentences, the actions of the person, who the person is friends with, their hobbies, the relatives might be included, and the person's job.

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A memoir is very similar to an autobiography, but is unique because it focuses only on the author’s public life. An autobiography includes both the public and private life of the author. A memoir is written in the point of view of the author, with the purpose of writing about a public or historical event. It is written by the point of view of the author.

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