While the basic idea of fiction as fake and non-fiction as truth hold true for all genres, there are some that fall toward the middle of the strict contrast. For example, creative non-fiction involves real events, but details are often exaggerated for dramatic effect. Memoirs can fall under both fiction and non-fiction, depending on how rooted in truth is in the story.Continue Reading
Many non-fiction works, while rooted basically in truth, do have a bias that means the reader or viewer should not take the story at face value. Biographies, autobiographies and documentaries are a few examples of non-fiction that often have an agenda that causes the creator to bend the truth to fit his vision.
There is also historical fiction that focuses on real events, but fictionalizes certain aspects of the story. For example, a book about the American Revolution that follows a known group of soldiers is rooted in fact. However, many things, such as internal thoughts, external dialogue and exact events, are impossible to know; these details are often crafted by the author. These blurred lines between fiction and non-fiction are easy to overlook, but typically non-fiction cites sources and does not include scenes created separately from the sources and known truth. Unless a source clearly states that it is based on actual facts, the content should be considered fictional.Learn more about Literature
Shakespeare's enduring popularity can be attributed to the breadth of genres he covered, the integration of his work into academia and the complexity and universality of his stories. Other popular writers cover comedies, histories or fairy tales, but Shakespeare's complete bibliography includes every type of character and story imaginable, adapted to modern audiences throughout history.Full Answer >
Historical events, cultural changes and unprecedented sales are three factors that influence the rise of new genres. Many new genres are not necessarily new at all; rather, they are sub-genres or a fusion of two or more existing genres, such as paranormal romance or romantic steampunk.Full Answer >
Teach about the different genres in literature by having students write down the different aspects of each genre from a presentation. Another option is reading specific excerpts and having students define what genre the passage may belong to, and then breaking students into small groups and have them read a sample and decide on the genre through discussion within the group. The teacher may also do a PowerPoint presentation to make the elements of each genre more clear.Full Answer >
Literature can be filled with fiction, and history is generally an account of how things truly happened. Historical documents are accounts of things like wars, revolutions and the rise and fall of particular civilizations. Prehistoric epics are considered literature.Full Answer >