Fantasy,   Mystery,or Videogame?
I’m a …Harry Potter fanfantasy fiction fanmystery fanvideogames fanpeanut butter, maple syrup, and Blue Jays fan
What is the Harry Potter series?it’s a Young Adult series, obviouslyexcept that, by the end, it isn’t reallybut let’s just...
So what is the Harry Potter series? heroic fantasy?   mystery?   videogame?
All of which brings us to …      GENRE
   Adventure novel     Epic     Imaginary voyage                                                              GENRE    ...
GENREa class or category of artistic endeavor having a particularform, content, technique, style, or audience.            ...
Uses of Genre
Uses of Genre
What do genres do?they guide audiences, help them select, given them knownsrather than unknowns, satisfy specific desirest...
The Heroic Fantasyherovillainquestopen settingsmagic and powerscombatoverwhelming odds againstsingle solutionunknown -> kn...
The Mysterymurderervictimmethodreasonsolver and solver’s helpersconfined settingclues and false trailsdistractions and the...
The Videogameplayer-characternon-player characterssupernatural powers and abilitiesconfined settings and/or expansive sett...
Potter ClipsHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone             journey to Voldemort             confrontation with Voldemor...
Potter ClipsHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone             journey to Voldemort             confrontation with Volde...
Harry Potter and the Converging Genreshero, villain, quest, magic and powers,   murderer, victim, method (modified),combat...
So what is Harry Potter?hero, villain, quest, solver and solver’s helpers,player-character, non-player charactersmurderer,...
Fantasy,    Mystery,and Videogame?
Harry Potter: Heroic Fantasy, Murder Mystery, or Videogame?
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Harry Potter: Heroic Fantasy, Murder Mystery, or Videogame?

  1. 1. Fantasy, Mystery,or Videogame?
  2. 2. I’m a …Harry Potter fanfantasy fiction fanmystery fanvideogames fanpeanut butter, maple syrup, and Blue Jays fan
  3. 3. What is the Harry Potter series?it’s a Young Adult series, obviouslyexcept that, by the end, it isn’t reallybut let’s just take Young Adult as a given
  4. 4. So what is the Harry Potter series? heroic fantasy? mystery? videogame?
  5. 5. All of which brings us to … GENRE
  6. 6.  Adventure novel  Epic  Imaginary voyage GENRE  Womens Fiction  Romance novel  Chick lit  Lost World  Bride lit  Mens adventure  Memoir  Speculative fiction  Brit lit (also known as Singleton Lit)  Milesian tale  Autobiographical novel  Science fiction  Christian chick lit  Picaresque novel (picaresco)  Slave narrative  Hard science fiction  Ethnic Chick Lit  Robinsonade  Contemporary slave narrative  Soft science fiction  Asian chick lit  Sea story  Neo-slave narrative  Space opera  Black chick lit Childrens literature  Metafiction  Punk  Indian chick lit  Young-adult fiction  Nonfiction novel  Cyberpunk  Lad lit Comic novel  Biographical novel  Dieselpunk  Hen lit  Black comedy  Autobiographical novel  Atompunk  Mommy lit  Parody  Semi-autobiographical novel  Nanopunk  Mystery chick lit  Romantic comedy  Occupational fiction  Postcyberpunk  Teen Chick Lit  Satire  Hollywood novel  Steampunk  Workplace tell-all  Picaresque novel  Legal thriller  Clockpunk  Widow lit  Political satire  Medical fiction  Biopunk  Tragedy Education fiction  Medical romance  Alternative universe  Melodrama  Campus novel  Musical fiction  Scientific romance  Urban fiction  Campus murder mystery  Lab lit  Horror  Thriller  School story  Sports fiction  Gothic fiction  Conspiracy fiction  Varsity novel  Philosophical fiction  Paranormal  Legal thriller Experimental fiction  Existentialist fiction  Southern Gothic  Medical thriller  Antinovel  Novel of ideas  Splatterpunk  Political thriller  Ergodic literature  Philosophical horror  Fantasy  Spy fiction Erotic fiction  Platonic Dialogues  by Theme  Psychological thriller  Erotic romance  Political fiction  Dark fantasy  Techno-thriller  Picaresque novel (picaresco)  Political satire  Magic realism  General Cross Genre  Womens erotica  Pulp fiction  Mythic  Historical romance Historical fiction  Religious fiction  Paranormal Fantasy  Juvenile fantasy  Historical romance  Christian fiction  Superhero fantasy  LGBT Pulp Fiction  Metahistorical romance  Christian science fiction  Sword and sorcery  Gay male pulp fiction  Historical whodunnit  Contemporary Christian fiction  By setting  Lesbian pulp fiction  Holocaust novel  Luciferian literature  Epic Fantasy / High fantasy  Lesbian erotica fiction  Plantation tradition  Saga  Low fantasy  Paranormal romance  Prehistoric fiction  Family saga  Prehistoric fantasy  Romantic fantasy  Regency novel  Historical fantasy  Tragicomedy
  7. 7. GENREa class or category of artistic endeavor having a particularform, content, technique, style, or audience. dictionary.com, with my modificationsa rhetorical construct "centered not on the substance or theform of discourse but on the action it is used to accomplish“ Caroline Miller, “Genre as Social Action”
  8. 8. Uses of Genre
  9. 9. Uses of Genre
  10. 10. What do genres do?they guide audiences, help them select, given them knownsrather than unknowns, satisfy specific desiresthey guideauthors, publishers, composers, musicians, filmmakers, actors, game designers/developersthey constrain and limit … but they can test creativity
  11. 11. The Heroic Fantasyherovillainquestopen settingsmagic and powerscombatoverwhelming odds againstsingle solutionunknown -> known – world learned through heroproblem -> solutionorder -> chaos -> order – world has changed
  12. 12. The Mysterymurderervictimmethodreasonsolver and solver’s helpersconfined settingclues and false trailsdistractions and the eureka momentsingle solutionunknown -> known – world learned through solverproblem -> solutionchaos -> order OR order -> chaos -> order
  13. 13. The Videogameplayer-characternon-player characterssupernatural powers and abilitiesconfined settings and/or expansive settingslevels and player-character developmentmultiple steps to single solution - small bosses to big bossunknown -> known - world learned through characterproblem -> solutionchaos -> order – post-story implied but not shown
  14. 14. Potter ClipsHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone journey to Voldemort confrontation with VoldemortHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire journey to Voldemort confrontation with Voldemort
  15. 15. Potter ClipsHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone journey to Voldemort confrontation with VoldemortHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire journey to Voldemort confrontation with Voldemort
  16. 16. Harry Potter and the Converging Genreshero, villain, quest, magic and powers, murderer, victim, method (modified),combat, overwhelming odds against, reason, solver and solver’s helpers,problem -> solution confined setting, clues and false trains,unknown -> known – world learned distractions and the eureka moment,through hero single solutionopen settings, single solution unknown -> known – world learnedorder -> chaos -> order – world has through solverchanged chaos -> order OR order -> chaos -> order player-character, non-player characters, supernatural powers and abilities, levels and player-character development, multiple steps to single solution - small bosses to big boss unknown -> known - world learned through character confined settings and/or expansive settings chaos -> order – post-story implied but not shown
  17. 17. So what is Harry Potter?hero, villain, quest, solver and solver’s helpers,player-character, non-player charactersmurderer, victim, method (modified), reasonmagic and powers, combatlevels and player-character development,overwhelming odds againstconfined setting, clues and false trains,distractions and the eureka moment,multiple steps to single solution - small bosses to big bossunknown -> known – world learned through herochaos -> order – world has changedthe eucatastrophe – the joy of the happy ending
  18. 18. Fantasy, Mystery,and Videogame?

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