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Ch 4: Types of Fiction

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This chapter goes over various types of fiction. You'll learn about what distinguishes these forms of literature while reviewing their definitions and relevant examples.

Types of Fiction - Chapter Summary

The text and video lessons in this chapter cover various forms of fiction. The lessons delve into the characteristics of various genres while looking at the authors who often work within them and discussing books that exemplify them. By the time you finish this chapter, you'll have reviewed all of the following:

  • Novels, novellas, and short stories
  • Mystery fiction
  • The qualities of realistic fiction
  • Traits common to science fiction
  • Historical fiction and adventure stories
  • Fables and related fictional forms

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7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Types of Fiction
What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

1. What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, we will learn about fiction. We'll take a close look at its definitions and its types and explore the difference between literary and commercial fiction.

Mystery Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

2. Mystery Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

First appearing over 200 years ago, mystery fiction has since become one of the most psychologically popular of the literary genres. Read about what makes the genre, as well as writers who have helped it become what it is today.

What is Realistic Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

3. What is Realistic Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Short stories and novels that make you feel like you are getting to know real people dealing with believable situations can be considered realistic fiction. Watch this lesson to learn about realistic fiction and then test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

What is Science Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

4. What is Science Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

'20,000 Leagues under the Sea,' 'Frankenstein,' 'Star Trek' -- it's all science fiction, but what does that mean? Find out in this lesson where you'll learn more about the genre and its characteristics, as well as encounter some authors and their works that have made science fiction what it is today.

What is Historical Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

5. What is Historical Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

Learn about a genre that takes our actual past and mixes in fictional elements. This lesson breaks down the definition of historical fiction and describes popular examples in literature.

What is an Adventure Story? - Features & Examples

6. What is an Adventure Story? - Features & Examples

Adventure stories are among the most popular tales, both in terms of sales and the sheer number of existing versions. But what makes an adventure story adventurous?

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

7. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.

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