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Genre The category or type of literature, music,art, TV show, movie, video game, etc. Think of iTunes: Search by genreFree powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com2

Basic Literary Genres Fiction:– a made-up or imagined story. Non-fiction:– an account of a subject which is presented as fact.This presentation may be accurate or not; that is, itcan give either a true or a false account of the subjectin question. It includes essays, articles, textbooks,manuals, encyclopedias, etc.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com3

Contemporary Realistic Fiction Fiction that takes place in modern timesand could actually be true.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com4

Historical Fiction Fiction that takes place in a differenthistorical time period, includes historicallyaccurate details and facts, and couldactually be true.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com5

Fantasy Fiction that takes place in an invented world thathas different laws of nature. Some elementsinclude animals that speak, magic, dragons,unicorns, special powers, fairies, etc.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com6

Science Fiction Fiction that lies between realistic fiction and pure fantasy. Sci-fi isusually based on scientific laws, the author’s knowledge oftechnological possibilities, and the psychological nature of humans.Some sci-fi involves hard science such as space exploration,chemistry, or physics, while some sci-fi deals more with futuristic ordystopian societies.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com7

Mystery Fiction that involves a suspenseful event, often a crimeof some type. The reader uses clues from the story andgradually discovers who has committed the crime tosolve the mystery by the end of the story: “Whodunnit?”Many mysteries include a sleuth, or detective, and avariety of suspects.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com8

Horror Horror fiction is a story intended to scare,unsettle, or horrify the audience. It usuallyincludes a supernatural, morbid, gruesome,surreal, or exceptionally suspenseful orfrightening theme.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com9

Thriller The thriller is characterized by fast pacing, frequent action, andresourceful heroes who must thwart the plans of more-powerful andbetter-equipped villains. There can be legal, crime, psychological,spy, or natural disaster thrillers.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com10

Survival/Adventure Fiction that includes a character who facesdanger and must survive. The stories are filledwith risks, suspenseful scenes, and thrillingmoments.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com11

Folk Tale Folk tales are stories that have been passed down overthe years by word of mouth. Many different cultureshave folk tales with similar themes, motifs, and charactertypes. Fairy tales, fables, tall tales, and myths aredifferent types of folk tales.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com12

Folk Tale: Fairy Tale Fairy Tales are folktales that contain elements such as a“happy ending,” magic, elements that occur in 3’s suchas wishes or siblings, riddles and disguises, andcharacter types such as the wicked witch, handsomeprince, and damsel in distress.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com13

Folk Tale: Fable Fables are brief stories that teach a lessonor moral. The characters are usuallyanimals, but they are given humancharacteristics. An example of a fable is"The Fox and the Grapes."Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com14

Folk Tale: Myth Myths are stories that serve to explain somephenomenon of nature, such as creation of theworld, seasons, and weather. Many incorporategods and goddesses within the story.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com15

Folk Tale: Tall Tale Tall Tales are folktales that have a keyelement of exaggeration, such as PaulBunyan.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com16

Legend Story, sometimes of a national or folkhero, which has a basis in fact but alsoincludes imaginative material.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com17

Biography Non-fiction that chronicles a person’s life storybut is written by another person.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com18

Memoir/Autobiography Non-fiction account of a person’s lifewritten by that person. It may include justone important event or it may include anentire life story.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com19

Drama Fiction or non-fiction stories composed in verse or prose,usually for theatrical performance, where conflicts andemotion are expressed through dialogue and action.Most dramas can be classified as comedies or tragedies.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com20

Humor Fiction or non-fiction full of fun, fancy, andexcitement, meant to entertain; but can becontained in all genres.Free powerpoint template: www.brainybetty.com21

Basic Literary Genres Fiction: –a made-up or imagined story. Non-fiction: –an account of a subject which is presented as fact. This presentation may be accurate or not; that is, it can give either a true or a false account of the subject in question. It includes essays, articles, textbooks, manuals, encyclopedias, etc.