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XXI Century Literature: Fiction

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Tatyana Varenko

on 10 November 2013

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XXI Century Literature: Fiction
A Central Love Story
(individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work)
An Emotionally-Satisfying and Optimistic Ending
(emotional justice and unconditional love as a reward for overcoming obstacles and hardships)
Focuses on a crime, usually murder. In the center - a detective-type trying to solve it. The climax as a rule takes place towards the end. The solution tends to be full of surprises.
Common Features
Post-structuralism: linguistic aspect of postmodernism; concerned with both writer's and reader's perspectives: a written text lives beyond the author once it is part of the literary canon, and a reader's subjective reality is a large part of the textual meaning experienced;
Historical fiction tells a story that is set in the past. That setting is drawn from history, and often contains historical persons, but the main characters tend to be fictional. Writers of stories in this genre work to portray the manners and social conditions of the persons or time(s) presented in the story, with due attention paid to period detail and fidelity. Historical fiction is found in books, magazines, art, television programming, film, theater, video games and other media.
Postmodernism: largely concerned with abandonment of objectivism and rationalism; uses metafiction where artificiality or creation of the text is incorporated into the text itself;
Subjectivity: embraced through incorporating multiple narrators or perspectives throughout the story; different perspectives aim at making the reader take up a subjective attitude when reading the entire text; stems from the postmodernist tendency to reject objective truths or perspectives;
Information Age: defined by the explosion of computer and Internet technology allowing for an exponential increase in the exchange of information. Themes in 21st-century literature that come out of this include continued themes from the cyberpunk movement, which often feature dystopian societies that have been overrun or destroyed by technology. A continuance of existential themes popular in postmodernist literature applied to the digital world of computers and online identities;
Overspecialization of Genres: each genre is divided into subgenre which further falls into even more narrowly specialized subcategories
Profit-orientated: series, sequels and prequels,spin-offs.
Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common.
Main Traits:
Inclusion of fantastic elements in a internally consistent setting, where inspiration from mythology and folklore remains a consistent theme;
Any location of the fantastical element is possible: hidden in or leaking into the real world setting;
Fantasy follows rules of its own making, allowing magic and other fantastic devices to be used and still be internally cohesive.
Realistic Fiction
Gothic Literature
Contemporary Literature
Apocalyptic Fiction by Emma Clarks: http://prezi.com/ndqd2wzzmuy_/apocalyptic-fiction/
Resources to explore
To learn a little more:
21st Century Book Lists:
The Future of the Novel by Warren Adler: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/warren-adler/the-future-of-the-novel_b_1924195.html?view=screen
Fiction Genre Flowchart by Alex Herzberg:http://prezi.com/7nn3so6qoxms/fiction-genre-flowchart/#
Fiction Subgenres: http://blog.reuts.com/tag/fiction-subgenres/
The Subgenres of Romance by Anne M. Marble: http://www.writing-world.com/romance/romgenres.shtml
Aunt Cathy''s Lecture Series: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18954
Subgenres of Romance: http://kisawhipkey.com/2013/08/15/falling-in-love-with-the-subgenres-of-romance/
Defining Fantasy Subgenres: http://kisawhipkey.com/2013/05/24/dark-and-urban-and-contemporary-oh-my-defining-fantasy-subgenres/
21st Century Literary Genres by Calle Friesen: http://www.slideshare.net/darinjohn2/21st-century-literary-genres-by-calle-friesen
Superhero Fiction by Настя Глебова: http://prezi.com/-rjbwqj3xu9l/superhero-fiction/
Cozy Mysteries by Anna Petrunko: http://prezi.com/aczdllwphsvh/cozy-mysteries/
Paranormal romance by Anastasiia Yefremova: http://prezi.com/elciuzsot1zp/paranormal-romance/
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