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Classic Story Types

 

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There are a number of classic types of story. Here are some of these.

  • Action: Non-stop chasing, fighting, etc.
  • Adventure: Heroes and incredible action in escapist fun.
  • Biographic drama: A story of a real life.
  • Body swap: Being someone else.
  • Caper: Loveable rogues pull off big heist without hurting people.
  • Chase: Pursuit, crashes, stunts and capture (perhaps).
  • Chick Flick: Fun for women.
  • Classroom drama: Emotional students and brilliant teachers.
  • Comedy: Funny things happen to funny people.
  • Courtroom drama: Lawyers save the day.
  • Crime: Good guys catch bad guys.
  • Disaster: Terrible things happen. People survive.
  • Docu-drama: Documentary made interesting.
  • Drama: Just everyday excitement.
  • Escape: Good people captured by bad people. Escape themselves.
  • Espionage: Spies, counterspies and political secrets.
  • Fantasy: Wizards and heroes battle with monsters. Good guys win.
  • Horror: Scary things trigger fear.
  • Kitchen-sink drama: Mundane stuff at home.
  • Mystery: Solving puzzles.
  • Period drama: Rich people in costumes have petty problems.
  • Pioneer: People go to strange places. Discover themselves.
  • Psychological thriller: Scary and subtle excitement.
  • Rescue: Saving people from harm.
  • Romance: The path of true love is not smooth, but it is inevitable.
  • Science fiction: One of the above, set in the future.
  • Slapstick: Comedy with custard.
  • Survival: Man vs. nature. Man wins. Just.
  • Swashbuckler: Pirates and daring on the Spanish Main.
  • Teen drama: Adolescence and high emotion.
  • Thriller: Exciting things happen.
  • Tragedy: Sad things happen. People die.
  • War: Big battles. Good guys win in the end.
  • Western: Cowboys, Indians and the wild west.
  • Whodunnit: Detective detects who done it.

 

 

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