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Fiction Literary Genres

Fiction Genres
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Jaclyn Tannazzo

on 3 January 2013

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Genres of Fiction Fantasy is one of my favorites because anything can happen. Fantasy involves the use of magic, fairies, dragons or other mythical creatures. Here are some examples... Science Fiction Historical Fiction Poetry Folk & Fairy Tale Realistic Fiction Myth Biography Auto-Biography Informational Reference Textbooks and this one means not fake, not false, real After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus. FANTASY Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. Here are some excerpts(summaries) from the back of the book. I highlighted the words that tell you the genre. Lets start with my favorite! Mystery In this genre, there is a crime or secret that needs to be solved For Marcus Mullen, being a latchkey kid is no big deal. Every day after school, he picks up his key from it's hiding place in the oak tree in the yard, and spends the afternoon working on his bike or cooking dinner for his mom and himself. It's been like that ever since his father died, and Marcus has never minded -- until the day his key isn't there. That's only the begining. Food disapppearing. Clocks and flashlights vanish. Suddenly nothing feels safe and comfortable anymore. Is anybody really there? Marcus knows he has to find out -- and soon! Realistic Fiction Science Fiction Historical Fiction Tall Tale Fairy Tale Fiction = Fake, made up, imagined, not real This is a story that is fiction but could actually happen. These stories often take place during present day. It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary. Ten-year-old Nick Allen has a reputation for devising clever, time-wasting schemes guaranteed to distract even the most conscientious teacher. His diversions backfire in Mrs. Granger's fifth-grade class, however, resulting in Nick being assigned an extra report on how new entries are added to the dictionary. Surprisingly, the research provides Nick with his best idea ever, and he decides to coin his own new word. Mrs. Granger has a passion for vocabulary, but Nick's (and soon the rest of the school's) insistence on referring to pens as "frindles" annoys her greatly. The war of words escalates--resulting in after-school punishments, a home visit from the principal, national publicity, economic opportunities for local entrepreneurs, and, eventually, inclusion of frindle in the dictionary Ten year old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think about life before the war. But it's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town.

The Nazis won't stop. The Jew of Denmark are being "relocated", so Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be part of the family.

Then Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission. Somehow she must find the strength and courage to save her best friend's life. There's no turning back now. Everyone in town thinks Meg Murry is volatile and dull-witted, and that her younger brother, Charles Wallace, is dumb. People are also saying that their physicist father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors and an unearthly stranger, the tesseract-touting Mrs Whatsit, Meg and Charles Wallace and their new friend Calvin O'Keefe embark on a perilous quest through space to find their father. In doing so, they must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time. The story takes the reader back to a particular time period. The characters in the story interact with a major event in history, like a war. Story based on impact of actual, imagined, or potential science. Story is usually set in the future or on other planets. We often know we are reading or hearing a fairy tale with the words, “once upon a time . . .” and “and they lived happily ever after.” Fairy tales usually feature a fight between good and evil. Evil always loses to a triumphant hero or heroine. The classic story of a beautiful girl, her evil stepmother and stepsisters, and the fairy godmother who helps her meet the prince of her dreams. Fables Myths A story that forms part of the traditional knowledge of a society. Myths use plots and characters to explain how the world began and why nature and people behave the way they do. These stories have a moral that is being taught. It often uses animals that speak and act like humans. A tall tale is a hero story where the hero is 'larger than life'. They are bigger or stronger than real people, even when the tall tale is based on a real person. There are often large exaggerations in Tall Tales. Do you know how the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River were first formed? How about the Great Plains and the Grand Canyon? Some people think these wonders were established by the forces of nature, but those folks clearly haven't heard of Paul Bunyan, the "strongest, smartest, and tallest hero of the tallest of American tall tales." Paul and his pal, Babe the Blue Ox, were responsible for creating all these geographic features as they worked their way west with their unusual lumber crew. Paul's adventures begin when he is just a baby (who can lift a cow over his head) and continue as he grows into the biggest lumberjack in the world. 'I am sure to win, but we will race if you like.' So laughs the hare when a slow tortoise challenges him to run all the way to the old cart. His speed is never in doubt but perhaps it is the hare's boastfulness that should make us question the likely outcome of the race? WH Publishing by J.C.Tannazzo Mystery Science Fiction Historical Fiction Fantasy Tall Tales Fairy Tales & Fables Realistic Fiction Myths Now it's your turn!!!
Using the books I have supplied you with, determine the genre for each!!! These are the fiction genres you should be able to recognize!
Narcissus is the most beautiful boy whom many have ever seen, but he does not return anyone’s affections. One of the disappointed nymphs prays to the god of anger, Nemesis, that "he who loves not others love himself." Nemesis answers this prayer. Narcissus looks at his own reflection in a river and suddenly falls in love with himself. He can think of nothing and no one else. He pines away, leaning perpetually over the pool, until finally he dies. In the beginning there was only Tepeu and Gucumatz . These two sat together and thought, and whatever they thought came into being. They thought Earth, and there it was. They thought mountains, and so there were. They thought trees, and sky, and animals etc, and each came into being. But none of these things could praise them, so they formed more advanced beings of clay. But these beings fell apart when they got wet, so they made beings out of wood, but they proved unsatisfactory and caused trouble on the earth. The gods sent a great flood to wipe out these beings, so that they could start over. With the help of Mountain Lion, Coyote, Parrot, and Crow they fashioned four new beings. These four beings performed well and are the ancestors of the Quiché In the beginning was only Tepeu and Gucumatz. Native American Myths of Creation Excerpt The text is telling the story of the creation of the world. Greek Myth: Narcissus Remember: Fiction = not real, fake, made up, imagined
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