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Plot vs World Building Genres!

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by S.T. Ockenner, Mar 25, 2021.

  1. S.T. Ockenner

    S.T. Ockenner Auror

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    Aha! At long last, I have figured it out! Genre is divided into three categories: Plot, Tone and World-building


    For example, Romance is about the plot- what the characters do (specifically, fall in love), meanwhile Science Fiction is about the world- futuristic technology, and all that. Sci-Fi Romance combines Science Fiction worldbuilding with Romance plot. Tone refers to how lighthearted it is

    Here are some example of each!

    Plot: Romance, Intrigue, Mystery, Action, etc
    Worldbuilding: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Boring Fiction [AKA Realistic Fiction], etc
    Tone: Horror, Comedy, etc
     
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  2. Eduardo Letavia

    Eduardo Letavia Troubadour

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    I see what you've done there and... Doesn't look bad, sir. Still, it could be argued that, by classifying something as scifi or dystopian, for instance, you're also setting a certain tone to a story, or that by tagging something as horror can imply certain beats in its plot. So, trying to set clear dividing lines among those tags is always bound to fail, in some regards at least. Personally, I tend to think about those terms just as convenient tags for classification and as hints about what to expect in a story.
     
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  3. S.T. Ockenner

    S.T. Ockenner Auror

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    True, but these are simply guidelines.
     
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