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11 February 2008 @ 09:42 pm
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Okay, back in the beginning, I've read some comments about people wanting a description for each of the genres. With some time on my hands, a rather dead muse, and wiki at my fingertips, I decided to put up a short description of each. Hope this helps clarifying the genres and intimidate people less.

For the genres that are paired together, they're getting their own separate links as well, since one may try for one and not the other. And maybe educate those of us who don't know exactly what one means. (I'm learning things here too...)

Cut for length.

Fantasy: a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting.

Dystopian: A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia or anti-utopia) is the vision of a society that is the antithesis of utopia.

Mystery: is a loosely-defined term that is often used as a synonym of detective fiction — in other words a novel or short story in which a detective (either professional or amateur) solves a crime.

Thriller: Thrillers are characterized by fast pacing, frequent action, and resourceful heroes who must thwart the plans of more-powerful and better-equipped villains. Literary devices such as suspense, red herrings, and cliffhangers are used extensively.

Autobiography: from the Greek autos, 'self', bios, 'life' and graphein, 'write', is a biography written by the subject or composed conjointly with a collaborative writer (styled "as told to" or "with"). The term was first used by the poet Robert Southey in 1809 in the English periodical Quarterly Review, but the form is much older.

Biography: is an account of a person's life, usually published in the form of a book or essay, or in some other form, such as a film.

Memoir: As a literary genre, a memoir (from the French: mémoire from the Latin memoria, meaning "memory"), or a reminiscence, forms a subclass of autobiography, although it is an older form of writing.

Historical Fiction: a sub-genre of fiction that often portrays alternate accounts or dramatization of historical figures or events.

Action/Adventure is a literary genre of novels that has adventure, an exciting undertaking involving risk and physical danger, as its main theme. Adventure has been a common theme since the earliest days of written fiction. *note*Think of an action/adventure movie. Lots of action, maybe a little romance, but it's not really important to the overall plot. It's a lot easier explaining it that way than the wiki article is going for.*note*

Drama: the specific mode of fiction represented in performance.[1] It is derived from a Greek word meaning "action" (Classical Greek δράμα / dráma), derived from "to do" (Classical Greek δράω / dráō).

Play/Screenplay: is a written plan, authored by a screenwriter, for a film or television program. (or play, really. It's mostly the same format except with Acts and such instead of 'breaks'.)

Tragedy: In a figurative sense a tragedy (from Classical Greek τραγωδία, "song for the goat", see below) is any event with a sad and unfortunate outcome, but the term also applies specifically in Western culture to a form of drama defined by Aristotle characterized by seriousness and dignity and involving a great person who experiences a reversal of fortune (Peripeteia). (Good luck to us all on this one. That's all I have to say...)

Romance: romance or chivalric romance refers to a style of heroic prose and verse narrative current in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

Erotica: refers to works of art, including literature, photography, film, sculpture and painting, that deal substantively with erotically stimulating or arousing descriptions.

Horror: Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the audience. Historically, the cause of the "horror" experience has often been the intrusion of an evil —- or, occasionally, misunderstood —- supernatural element into everyday human experience.

Science Fiction: Science fiction is difficult to define, as it includes a wide range of subgenres and themes. Author and editor Damon Knight summed up the difficulty by stating that "science fiction is what we point to when we say it".[6] Vladimir Nabokov argued that were we rigorous with our definitions, Shakespeare's play The Tempest would have to be termed science fiction.

Young Adult: Young-adult fiction (often abbreviated as YA fiction, or simply YA) is fiction written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents, roughly ages 12 to 18.

Comedy: Much comedy contains variations on the elements of surprise, incongruity, conflict, repetitiveness, and the effect of opposite expectations, but there are many recognized genres of comedy. Satire and political satire use ironic comedy to portray persons or social institutions as ridiculous or corrupt, thus alienating their audience from the object of humor.

Poetry: Poetry (from the Greek "ποίησις", poiesis, a "making" or "creating") is a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its ostensible meaning.

Hope this helped.
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