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What's a genre?

A genre is a type of story with features or characteristics you can recognize. Genre basically means type.

There are lots of types of stories. Some well-known genres for fiction that you might have heard of are:

Adventure
Adventure stories are stories about unusual, exciting or dangerous experiences, journeys or series of events. Adventure stories contain lots of action and excitement. Browse the adventure stories in the Oxford Progressive English Readers series.

Classics
Classics are well-known stories that people think are well written. Most classics are stories that were written many years ago. Browse the classics in the Oxford Progressive English Readers series.

Crime and detective stories
Crime and detective stories are stories about breaking the law and the people who solve the crimes. Detectives are clever people who work out who the bad people are in the story. The most famous detective in fiction is Sherlock Holmes. Browse the crime and detective stories in the Oxford Progressive English Readers series.

Fairy tales
Fairy tales are stories with magic in them. Animals can speak. People do strange things. Most fairy tales have a happy ending. Good and clever people win. Bad people lose. Fairy tales can be about kings and queens or about poor people. They may be funny or frightening. They usually happen in a place 'far, far away'. They are about times 'long, long ago'. Browse the fairy tales in the Oxford Progressive English Readers series.

Horror and suspense
Horror and suspense stories are written to frighten and terrify. The stories are often exciting. Stories about ghosts, vampires and horrible creatures are called horror stories. Browse the horror and suspense stories in the Oxford Progressive English Readers series.

Mystery
Mysteries include crimes and strange events which are only explained at the end. Browse the mysteries in the Oxford Progressive English Readers series.

Plays
Plays contain dialogues (conversations) between characters. Plays are written to be read out or performed. The most famous playwright is William Shakespeare. Browse the plays in the Oxford Progressive English Readers series.

Romance
Romances are stories about love. Browse the romances in the Oxford Progressive English Readers series.

Science fiction and fantasy
Science fiction and fantasies are stories that are about imagined scientific discoveries of the future, space travel and life on other planets and imagined places. They can also include magic. Browse the science fiction and fantasy stories in the Oxford Progressive English Readers series.

Short stories
Short stories are shorter in length than novels. Short stories date back to the oral tradition of storytelling when people used to tell each other stories. Browse the short stories in the Oxford Progressive English Readers series.

 

 

 
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