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Genre Literature Notes

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Transcript of Genre Literature Notes

Genres
Mystery
Historical Fiction
Fantasy
Realistic Fiction
1. characters- famous historical people

2. setting-pre 1970, may have historically important sites

3. plot- authentic historical events, average or significant people
Biography/Autobiography/Memoir
1. biography-
story of someone's life
written by someone else
2.autobiography-
story of someone's life
written by themselves
3. memoir-
a short account of the author's experiences
written by themselves
Mystery
1. characters: detective,investigators, spies
2. setting: crime scene, detective agency,creepy house
3. plot: crime or mysterious; events + clues = solution
1. characters-talking animals, mythical creatures, magic users

2. setting- often medieval, time travel, magical places

3. plot- heroes, journey/quest, often good vs. evil.
1. characters- mutants, robots, aliens, spaceships, talking/walking computers
2. setting-advanced technology cities, spaceships, solar system, housing in outer space
3. plot- alien attacks/visits, time traveling, technological experiments gone wrong
Science Fiction
1. characters: every day people doing every day things
2. setting-modern times and places
3. plot-real events
a category, or the type of writing style or format.
Poetry
1. shorten form of writing
2. figurative language-metaphors, similes, personification
3. author's expression of feelings, opinions
4. may follow form/structure
Traditional Literature (oral)

1. stories passed down for generations by oral storytelling
2. myths, legends, folklore, fables, tall tales
3. foundation for fantasy
Informational
1. purpose-provides information
2. nonfiction
3. topics vary-science, crafts, sports, history, etc.
There are two main
literary genres:
fiction and nonfiction.
Fiction
Story based on the imagination of the author
Fiction means fake
Written to entertain the reader
Characterized by a setting, characters, dialogue, problem/conflict, and the climax and solution
Nonfiction
Written works based on facts
Nonfiction means true
Written to inform the reader
Characterized by providing information about topics, and various text structures
GENRE Subgroups
Poetry - F
Traditional Literature - F
Fantasy - F
Science Fiction - F
Realistic Fiction - F
Historical Fiction - F
Mystery - F
Biography - NF
Autobiography/Memoir - NF
Informational - NF
Essays
A short literary piece/composition that reflects the author's outlook or point

Can show the writer's opinion or viewpoint on a specific topic, theme, or subject
SPEECH
A public address
http://www.npr.org/2011/12/23/144136439/david-sedaris-reads-from-his-santaland-diaries
Short Story
-Too brief of a story to include multiple subplots
DRAMA
PLOT AND CHARACTERS ARE DEVELOPED THROUGH DIALOGUE AND ACTION

INCLUDES STAGE (PLAYS) AND SCREEN (MOVIES AND TV SHOWS)

Does not include reality TV--many times, certain parts are scripted or or contrived (planned).
Narrative Nonfiction
Very similar to a memoir but someone else is telling about someone's life.

This is not a biography because it is much more condensed, like a memoir is.

Is not told from first person point of view.
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