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Types of story or play

adaptation

noun

a movie, TV program, etc. that has been made from a book or play

allegory

noun

a story, play, or poem in which the events and characters are used as symbols in order to express a moral, religious, or political idea

anecdote

noun

a story that you tell people about something interesting or funny that has happened to you

black comedy

noun

a play, movie, or story that deals in a humorous way with unpleasant aspects of life such as illness and death

classic

noun

a song, book, play, television program, etc. that is very good and has been popular and had a lot of influence for a long time

cock-and-bull story

noun

a story that is very silly and difficult to believe

comedy

noun

a funny movie, play or television program

detective

noun

a detective story or movie is one in which a detective tries to solve a crime

drama

noun

a play for the theater, television, or radio

epic

noun

a long book or movie about famous and exciting people and events from the past

fable

noun

a traditional story, usually about animals, that teaches a moral lesson

faction

noun

a story, movie, or television program that is a mixture of real and imaginary events or people

fairy tale

noun

a traditional children’s story in which magic things happen

fanfic

noun

stories for a television series written by people who watch the series regularly. The stories are published on the Internet.

fantasy

noun

a story that shows a lot of imagination and is very different from real life

farce

noun

a play or movie in which people get involved in silly or unlikely situations that are intended to make you laugh

farce

noun

the style of writing and acting used for farces

fiction

noun

books and stories about imaginary events and people. Books that give facts about real events, things, or people are called non-fiction

fiction

noun

a report, story, or explanation that is not true

flash fiction

noun

a style of literature in which stories are extremely short and often consist of less than 300 words

folk tale

noun

an old traditional story

follow-up

noun

a book, movie, or article that is based on or develops an earlier one

full-length

adjective

a full-length book, movie, etc. is the normal length, not shorter

ghost story

noun

a frightening story about ghosts

hit

noun

a movie, play, or show that is very successful and popular

horror

noun

books and movies that are intended to frighten people

horror story

noun

a story that is intended to frighten people

legend

noun

an old story about famous people and events in the past. Legends are not usually true

legend

noun

these old stories considered as a group

life history

noun

a description of the things that have happened in someone’s life

life story

noun

a description of all the things that have happened to someone during their life

masque

noun

a type of play with poetry, music, dance, and songs that was popular in the 16th and 17th centuries

melodrama

noun

a story, play, or movie in which the characters behave in an extreme emotional way, with the bad characters being very bad, the good characters being very good, etc.

mime

noun

a play performed using mime

musical

noun

a play or movie in which there are a lot of songs

mystery

noun

a story, movie, or play in which events take place that are not explained until the end, especially a crime such as murder

mystery play

noun

a play from the Middle Ages about a story in the Bible

myth

noun

an ancient traditional story about gods, heroes, and magic

myth

noun

ancient traditional stories

mythology

noun

a collection of ancient myths, especially those of a particular country or religion

narrative

noun

a story, or an account of something that has happened

nativity play

noun

a play telling the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, usually performed by children at Christmas

nonfiction

noun

writing that is about real people and events, not imaginary ones

novel

noun

a long written story about imaginary or partly imaginary characters and events

oral history

noun

stories about life and events in the past that older people tell younger people

pantomime

noun

a play or piece of acting performed in this style

pantomime

noun

in the U.K., a play for children that makes them laugh, based on a traditional story and usually performed at Christmas

parable

noun

a simple story with a moral or religious purpose, especially one told by Jesus Christ

parody

noun

a literary or musical work that copies a serious work in a humorous way

Passion play

noun

a play about the death of Jesus Christ according to the Bible, often performed at Easter

phantasy

an old spelling of “fantasy”

play

noun

a piece of writing intended to be performed by actors in a theater or on television or the radio

prequel

noun

a book or movie about events that happened before the events in another book or movie that was written or made earlier

reminiscence

noun

stories or thoughts of past experiences

romantic comedy

noun

a funny movie, play, or television program about a love story that ends happily

romp

noun

a movie, play, or book that is lively and enjoyable, and not intended to be serious

saga

noun

a story about what happens to a group of characters over a long period of time

saga

noun

a long story written in Norway or Iceland during the Middle Ages

satire

noun

a play, book, movie, etc. that uses this humor

screenplay

noun

a story someone writes for a movie

sequel

noun

a book, movie, play, etc. that continues the story of an earlier one

serial

noun

a story that is broadcast or published in a series of separate parts

shocker

noun

a book, movie, or play about something shocking

short story

noun

a short piece of fiction (=writing about an imaginary situation)

story

noun

an account of something that happened. Stories can be imaginary, traditional, or true

story

noun

an account of something, for example someone’s life

story

noun

the events in a book, movie, etc.

subplot

noun

a story in a novel, movie, or play that is separate from the main story, and less important

tableau

noun

a form of silent theater in which a group of actors stand or sit in certain positions to create a picture of a historical scene

tale

noun

a story about imaginary events or people

tall tale

noun

something that someone tells you that sounds so exciting, dangerous, unpleasant, etc. that you do not believe it is true. The British word is tall story.

tearjerker

noun

a sad movie or story that makes you cry

thriller

noun

a book, play, or movie that tells an exciting story, especially about something dangerous like a crime

tragedy

noun

a play in which people suffer or die, especially one in which the main character dies at the end

tragedy

noun

plays of this type

tragicomedy

noun

a play, story, or situation that is both sad and humorous

trilogy

noun

a series of three books, movies, or plays

turkey

noun

a movie or play that is very unsuccessful

two-hander

noun

a play written for two actors

urban myth

noun

an imaginary story about modern life that many people believe really happened

weepie

noun

a tearjerker

yarn

noun

a long story with a lot of exciting details

abridgment

noun

spine-chiller

noun

boy meets girl

a typical romantic situation or story about two people falling in love

old chestnut

a story or joke that has been repeated so often that everyone is bored with it

Open Dictionary

chicken raffle

any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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