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  1. 1. Literary GenresLiterary Genres Genre Study ProjectGenre Study Project
  2. 2. Your ProjectYour Project  Read at leastRead at least threethree books from a genrebooks from a genre of your choosingof your choosing  Incorporate research about that genreIncorporate research about that genre  Write a script for a podcastWrite a script for a podcast  Create a Genre Study PodcastCreate a Genre Study Podcast
  3. 3. Definition of Genre:Definition of Genre:  ““a category of artistic, musical, or literarya category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particularcomposition characterized by a particular style, form, or content”style, form, or content” ((
  4. 4. Different from FORM…Different from FORM…  PoetryPoetry  ProseProse  TextbookTextbook  Short StoryShort Story  NovelNovel  Graphic novel / comicsGraphic novel / comics ……these are literary formsthese are literary forms
  5. 5. ManyMany different Genresdifferent Genres & Sub-genres …& Sub-genres … Some Books May Fit InSome Books May Fit In MoreMore Than One Category:Than One Category:  Artemis FowlArtemis Fowl = Adventure & Fantasy= Adventure & Fantasy  TwilightTwilight = Romance & Fantasy (Vampires)= Romance & Fantasy (Vampires)  The Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief = Fantasy &= Fantasy & Action/AdventureAction/Adventure
  6. 6. FantasyFantasy  Def:Def: contains elements that are not realistic:  strange settings  talking animals  magical powers  often set in a medieval universe  magical/mythical characters (dragons, etc.)  Famous examples (movies & books):Famous examples (movies & books):  Harry Potter seriesHarry Potter series  The Lord of the Rings seriesThe Lord of the Rings series  Wizard of OzWizard of Oz  Peter PanPeter Pan  Vampire Fiction:Vampire Fiction:  TwilightTwilight seriesseries  Cirque du FreakCirque du Freak seriesseries
  7. 7. Science FictionScience Fiction  stories that often tell about science and technology of the future  involving partially true fictions laws or theories of science  Settings:  in the future  in space  on a different world  in a different universe or dimension  Famous movies:  Star Wars  Star Trek  The Matrix  Jurassic Park  Famous Books:  Brave New World by Alduous Huxley  1984 by George Orwell  20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verneby Jules Verne
  8. 8. Action / AdventureAction / Adventure  Def.: has adventure, an excitingDef.: has adventure, an exciting events involving risk & physicalevents involving risk & physical dangerdanger  Often overlaps with other genresOften overlaps with other genres (war, crime, sci-fi, fantasy)(war, crime, sci-fi, fantasy)  Movie examples:Movie examples:  James Bond moviesJames Bond movies  Book examples:Book examples:  Gary Paulsen’s booksGary Paulsen’s books  Alex Rider seriesAlex Rider series
  9. 9. Historical FictionHistorical Fiction  Def.:Def.:  Setting = a historical period  often portrays fictional accounts oroften portrays fictional accounts or dramatization of historical figures ordramatization of historical figures or eventsevents  attempt to capture spirit, manners, andattempt to capture spirit, manners, and social conditions of a persons or time(s)social conditions of a persons or time(s)  stories centered around historical situation -- names of people and places have been changed  Movie Eg.:Movie Eg.:  Forest GumpForest Gump  Flags of Our FathersFlags of Our Fathers  TitanicTitanic  Sub-genres:Sub-genres:  War FictionWar Fiction  Holocaust FictionHolocaust Fiction
  10. 10. Mystery / Suspense /Mystery / Suspense / Thriller / CrimeThriller / Crime  Mystery:  solving a puzzling event, situation or a crime  something unknown or strange  centered around a person who investigates wrong-doing or trying to get secret information  Thriller:Thriller:  fast pacing, frequent actionfast pacing, frequent action  resourceful heroes who must overcomeresourceful heroes who must overcome villains
  11. 11. Horror / Ghost StoriesHorror / Ghost Stories  Horror:Horror:  intended to scare, unsettle and horrifyintended to scare, unsettle and horrify  sometimes has supernatural / paranormalsometimes has supernatural / paranormal elements (Ghost Stories)elements (Ghost Stories)  Movie example:Movie example:  The ExorcistThe Exorcist  Nightmare on Elm StreetNightmare on Elm Street  Paranormal StateParanormal State
  12. 12. Realistic FictionRealistic Fiction  real life with characters dealing with real life problems  stories that take place in modern times  characters are involved in events that could happen
  13. 13. Lots of sub-genres ofLots of sub-genres of Realistic Fiction:Realistic Fiction:  ““Chick Lit”Chick Lit”  Humorous FictionHumorous Fiction  SportsSports  FriendshipFriendship  Romance/relationshipsRomance/relationships
  14. 14. ““Chick Lit”Chick Lit”  DefinitionDefinition: genre fiction within women's fiction: genre fiction within women's fiction written for andwritten for and marketedmarketed to young womento young women (doesn’t mean guys can’t read it – just usually(doesn’t mean guys can’t read it – just usually don’t)don’t)  generally deals with the issues of modern womengenerally deals with the issues of modern women humorously and lightheartedlyhumorously and lightheartedly  Movie Examples: “chick flicks”Movie Examples: “chick flicks”  Bridget Jones’s DiaryBridget Jones’s Diary  Examples:Examples:  Princess DiariesPrincess Diaries seriesseries  Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsSisterhood of the Traveling Pants seriesseries  Judy Blume’s booksJudy Blume’s books  Sarah Dessen’s booksSarah Dessen’s books
  15. 15. Humorous FictionHumorous Fiction  Designed to make you laugh, provideDesigned to make you laugh, provide amusement, entertain.amusement, entertain.  May exaggerate or poke fun of aMay exaggerate or poke fun of a situation/person/thingsituation/person/thing  Movie Examples:Movie Examples:  ElfElf  Book Examples:Book Examples:  Diary of a Wimpy KidDiary of a Wimpy Kid
  16. 16. Sports FictionSports Fiction  Definition: have sports setting,Definition: have sports setting, competitive event, &/or athlete as centralcompetitive event, &/or athlete as central focusfocus  Movie Examples:Movie Examples:  Field of DreamsField of Dreams  A League of Their OwnA League of Their Own  The SandlotThe Sandlot  Book Examples:Book Examples:  Brian’s SongBrian’s Song
  17. 17. RomanceRomance  Focus is on romanticFocus is on romantic relationshiprelationship  Usually has optimistic endingUsually has optimistic ending  Famous Books:Famous Books:  Pride & Prejudice – JanePride & Prejudice – Jane AustenAusten  Jane Eyre – Charlotte BronteJane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte  Movie Examples:Movie Examples:  Love, ActuallyLove, Actually (with Hugh(with Hugh Grant)Grant)  My Big Fat Greek WeddingMy Big Fat Greek Wedding
  18. 18. The “Problem Novel”The “Problem Novel”  Definition: focuses on a young adultDefinition: focuses on a young adult dealing with a social or personal problemdealing with a social or personal problem (drug addiction, alcoholism, eating(drug addiction, alcoholism, eating disorder, disease, pregnancy, abuse, etc.).disorder, disease, pregnancy, abuse, etc.). Usually the main character learns a lessonUsually the main character learns a lesson or grows/changes because of this.or grows/changes because of this.  Famous Book Examples:Famous Book Examples:  Go Ask AliceGo Ask Alice
  19. 19. Today’s ActivityToday’s Activity  List title & identifyList title & identify books by genre(s)books by genre(s)  List 2 pieces ofList 2 pieces of evidenceevidence or reasonsor reasons why you categorized itwhy you categorized it in this genrein this genre  Look at the front/backLook at the front/back cover – images/artcover – images/art  Read inside flap / backRead inside flap / back cover descriptioncover description  Read first few pagesRead first few pages  Sort books by genre onSort books by genre on big tablesbig tables Genres:Genres:  FantasyFantasy  Science FictionScience Fiction  Action/AdventureAction/Adventure  Horror/Ghost storiesHorror/Ghost stories  Realistic FictionRealistic Fiction  ““Chick Lit,”Chick Lit,”  RomanceRomance  Problem NovelProblem Novel  Sports FictionSports Fiction  Humorous FictionHumorous Fiction  Mystery/Thriller/Crime NovelsMystery/Thriller/Crime Novels  Historical FictionHistorical Fiction