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Literary Genres


Drama stories composed in verse or prose, usually for theatrical performance, where conflicts and emotion are expressed through dialogue and action
Fable narration demonstrating a useful truth, especially in which animals speak as humans; legendary, supernatural tale
Fairy tale story about fairies or other magical creatures, usually for children
Fantasy fiction with strange or other worldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality
Fiction narrative literary works whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact
Folklore the songs, stories, myths, and proverbs of a people or "folk" as handed down by word of mouth
Historical fiction story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting
Horror fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread and sometimes fear in both the characters and the reader
Humor usually a fiction full of fun,fancy, and excitement, meant to entertain and sometimes cause intended laughter; but can be contained in all genres
Legend story, sometimes of a national or folk hero, that has a basis in fact but also includes imaginative material
Mystery fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets
Mythology legend oro traditional narrative,, often based in part on historical events, that reveals human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism; often pertaining to the actions of the gods
Poetry verse and rhythmic writing with imagery that creates emotional responses
Realistic fiction story that is true to life
Science fiction story based on impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets
Short story fiction of such brevity that it supports no subplots
Tall tale humorous story with blatant exaggerations, swaggering heroes who do the impossible with nonchalance
Fiction in verse full-length novels with plot, subplot(s), theme(s), major and minor characters, in which the narrative is presented in (usually blank) verse form
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