Genre and 5 main genres of literature

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genres of literature

Genre and 5 main genres of literature

Meaning of Genres of literature?

Do you have any favourite or specific types of books, novels, movies that you like to read or watch? 

Well, that specificity is known as a Genre. A Genre can also be called as a theme of a story or the main ‘domain’ of it. The ‘type’ of the movie, song or a book is called Genre. 

For example: Mystery, fantasy, horror, rom-com, drama etc. are certain types of Genres. 

The pronunciation of Genre is “zhan-rah

In the music domain, a genre of music could be jazz, hip-hop, salsa, etc.

In the book domain, a genre could be decided by the type of story. 

Fun fact

There can also be overlapping of genres. This means that two genres can be used in one book, in one movie or even in music!

For example, let’s take the movie ‘Deadpool’. Deadpool is a superhero movie with a combination of added genres like comedy and action. But do we realize it while watching the movie? The movie is so captivating that we remain unaware of various genres used in the movie to make it more engaging, exciting, captivating and attractive.

What are the 5 main genres of literature?

  1. Fiction

Fiction is one of the most famous and main genres of literature that is used in many movies, stories and books. Fiction is all about imaginary characters and events taking place in the story. The full story stands imaginary. None of it is real. 

Examples of fiction are Star Wars, Avengers, The Meg, Harry Potter, Twilight, etc.

  1. Non Fiction

The opposite of fiction is nonfiction wherein the story is all about real people and real events, Nothing is imaginary in a non fiction. 

Examples of nonfiction are biographies, autobiographies or even memoirs.

  1. Poetry

Poetry is the third type of the genre of literature. In this type of genre, the words and sentences are put in a way that sounds rhyming, and they are in a flow. Poetry gives more in less.

Some of the most famous and renowned poets are Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, John Milton and John Keats.

  1. Drama

Drama is a category of literature in which stories are created specifically for the stage and presentation. Drama is also known as a play.

Some of the most famous dramas by WIlliam Shakespeare are Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth.

  1. Folktale

We also refer to folktales with mythology as they tell original oral literature stories which play the role to pass moral lessons.

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