WHAT ARE THE 9 EXTERNAL CONTENT GENRES?
Are you confused on which content genre will make benefit your story most? Take a deeper look into each genre type and their conventions.
The action genre is primarily a story surrounded by survival plots and elements mostly focused on life and death scenes. These stories are primarily protagonist versus antagonist story lines. The antagonist drives majority of the plot as it effects the protagonist. These stories are primarily external conflict stories. This is one of the more versatile genres with lots of room for added twists and turns.
The horror genre is similar to action. These stories are primarily protagonist versus antagonist story lines. Here we see the life v. death plot to an extreme where death is question to be preferable to reality. This genre’s antagonists are typically monsters, psycho-killers, paranormal, etc. The focus of this genre is all about survival and uses the anxiety and fear of the reader/audience. This genre is primarily focused on good v. evil.
The crime genre is detailed with the values of justice and injustice, with the core event that takes place being a crime. Crime has many subgenres which are categorized by the protagonists POV. Murder mystery, the first subgenre, is classified by the following conventions: a dead body, the reveal of the murderer, red herrings, a detective/investigator, and a primary antagonist (usually the killer). This subgenre also has micro-genres within it, such as master detective, cozy murder, historical, noir, paranormal, etc. The second subgenre is organized crime, which is usually classified as a “mafia” style crime, like the infamous movie The Godfather. Other subgenres exist, such as caper (Killer POV), courtroom (lawyer POV), newsroom (journalist POV), espionage (spy/assassin POV), and prison.
The western genre is classified by the individual inside and outside of society, with the main event being a “showdown”. This genre also has subgenres, such as classical western, western vengeance, western transition, and professional western.
The thriller genre is basically a combination of the first three genres; crime, action, and horror. Its main characteristics are of life and death situations, often times surrounded by a killer (man or monster) and deals with the “fate worse than death” problem. Thrillers are scary because they feel and act in a real world atmosphere. This genre probably has the most subcategories as it combines three genres or more at a time: serial killer, legal, medical, military, political, journalism, psychological, financial, espionage, woman in jeopardy, child in jeopardy, and Hitchcock.
The war genre is pretty straight forward. It is classified by a victory or defeat for the protagonist. This genre will often times get mixed into commercial genres such as Sci-Fi or Fantasy to give it an edge, such as Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.
The society genre is complex for many reasons, but primarily for the fact that it can be function on a micro (niched) and macro (global) level. The genre often plays with philosophical views on how the world or protagonists environment operates as a whole. The level at which it operates is what changes the subgenre: domestic (family), women (feminism v patriarchy), political (campaign or party), biographical (lifetime), and historical (time period).
The love genre is a fan favorite, especially to women when it comes to writing, but even it has subgenres and micro-genres. The first subgenre is courtship, where we see people attempt to commit to a relationship to one another. The second is marriage, which is rather obviously the difficulties of securing and maintaining a marital relationship. Finally, the third is obsession, which can often tie into many of the other genres, which is primarily about sexual desire. Micro-genres can include Erotic, Gothic, Historical, Paranormal, Regency, Romantic Suspense, Western, etc.
PERFORMANCE OR COMING OF AGE
The performance genre is also known as the coming of age genre where there is a dynamic change in the way the protagonist lives and or thinks about the their. This is typically classified with a large fight and event/performance, along with the themes os honor, shame, self-esteem, respect, and guilt. Subgenres include sports, art, business, and music.
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Written by Baleigh Shortreed.
“Patience is the key to growth; growth is the key to change.”