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Literary Genres List

Literary Genre Definitions

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True Stories about real people (living or not)written by others. Biography
Stories or concepts/themes written in verse form; may or may not rhyme. Poetry
True stories about real people written by the person himself or herself Autobiography
Stories that were originally spoken then written down at some point. Story may change from version to version. Sub genres of this category include: *Fairy Tales *Fables *Myths *Legends *Tall Tales *Epics Oral Tradition
Fiction to be performed by actors for an audience; also know as theater or play. Drama
Books containing information and facts. Informational
A story made up having events that might possibly happen in the future. The plot involves any type of scientific principles:space travel, biology, robotics, etc... Science Fiction
This genre of fiction involves the out-of-doors, survival, exciting journeys to interesting places; characters face challenges in order to triumph over difficult situations. Adventure
Although this genre is fictional, the characters behave in ways that ways that we can relate to; the story could really happen; modern setting (usually within 25 years of our time) Realistic Fiction
Events in the story could not really happen in real life; involves magic, wizardry, mythical-type of characters (yes, vampires, too) Fantasy
This type of story revolves around a problem relating to a crime or strange situation to be solved; the plot is heavy in suspense; characters are solvers (possibly detectives), suspects and sometimes both. Mystery
This genre is based on actual events and/or facts happening over 30 years from the time the book was published; characters may or may not be real people during that era and all behave in realistic ways Historical Fiction
Created by: Ms.Grech