Types of Book Genres

Definition of Genres :-

Genre is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art or entertainment, based on some set of stylistic criteria. Genres are formed by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old ones are discontinued. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions.

The most general genres in literature are (in loose chronological order) epic, tragedy, comedy, and creative nonfiction .  They can all be in the form of prose or poetry.

This is a list of genres of literature  :

1. Action :-

An action story is similar to adventure story , and the protagonist usually takes a risky turn, which leads to desperate situations (including explosions, fight scenes, daring escapes, etc.). Action and Adventure are usually categorized together (sometimes even as “action-adventure”) because they have much in common,  (for instance, the James Bond series can be classified as both).


2. Adventure :-

An adventure story is about a protagonist who journeys to distant places to accomplish something. The protagonist has a mission and faces obstacles to get to her destination. Also, adventure stories usually include unknown settings and characters with prized properties or features.


3. Comedy :-

A crime story is about a crime that is being committed or was committed. It can also be an account of a criminal’s life. It often falls into the action or adventure genres.


4. Fantasy :-  

A fantasy story is about magic or supernatural forces,  it happens to take place in a modern or future era. Harry Potter story classified as fantasy story.


5. Crime :- 

A crime story is about a crime that is being committed or was committed. It can also be an account of a criminal’s life. It often falls into the action or adventure genres.

6. Historical :-

The genre historical fiction includes stories that are about the past. The  story can be about a real person or event. Often, they are written in a text book format.


7. Horror:-

A horror story is told to deliberately scare or frighten the audience, through suspense, violence or shock.


8. Mystery :- 

A mystery story follows an investigator as he/she attempts to solve a crime. The details and clues are presented as the story continues and the protagonist discovers them and by the end of the story the criminal and motive behind the crime are revealed and the criminal is brought to justice. Mystery novels are often written in series which allows a more in-depth development of the primary investigator.


9. Romantic :-

Romance novels are emotion-driven stories that are primarily focused on the relationship between the main characters of the story. Beyond the focus on the relationship, the biggest defining characteristic of the romance genre is that a happy ending is always guaranteed. The happy ending does require the characters to be married and living “happily ever after”, simply that the reader feels that there is hope for the future of the romantic relationship.


10. Thriller :- 

A Thriller is a story that is usually a mix of fear and excitement. It has traits from the suspense genre and often from the action,adventure or mystery genres, but the level of terror makes it borderline horror fiction at times as well. It generally has a dark or serious theme, which also makes it similar to drama.

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