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Words used to describe stories

abridged

adjective

an abridged book, play etc has been made shorter than the original but contains the same basic story

autobiographical

adjective

relating to someone’s life or autobiography

biographical

adjective

relating to the facts of someone’s life

classic

adjective

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

epic

adjective

relating to the writing of epics

fictional

adjective

invented for a book, play, or film

fictional

adjective

relating to fiction

fictitious

adjective

invented for a book, play, or film

filmic

adjective

a filmic novel, play etc is like a film, especially in the way that it describes things or in the way it tells a story

folklore

noun

traditional stories, sayings, and beliefs from a particular region or community

gory

adjective

a gory film, computer game, or story involves a lot of killing or injuries

historical

adjective

a historical novel, film etc is based on people or events that existed in the past

juicy

adjective

juicy stories are slightly shocking but interesting or fun to listen to

knockabout

noun

actions or stories that are intended to make you laugh

legendary

adjective

mentioned or described in a legend

mythic

adjective

relating to or existing only in myths

mythical

adjective

relating to or existing only in myths

non-linear

adjective

not telling a story in the order in which events happened

overripe

adjective

things such as stories or films that are overripe contain so much emotion that they seem silly. A more usual word is sentimental.

picaresque

adjective

a picaresque story or film deals with the exciting things that happen to someone who is easy to like despite not being very moral or honest

racy

adjective

a racy story, film, or play is slightly shocking in the way that it describes or shows sex

romantic

adjective

used about books, plays, and films about love

Ruritanian

adjective

a Ruritanian novel is one with an exciting and romantic story

spine-chilling

adjective

a spine-chilling story, book, film etc is very frightening

suspenseful

adjective

used for describing something such as a story or a film that keeps you wanting to know what will happen next

swashbuckling

adjective

swashbuckling films, stories etc involve a lot of fights and exciting experiences

tragic

adjective

relating to plays that are tragedies

truthful

adjective

a truthful film, play, book etc deals with a subject in an honest way by showing what really happens in a particular situation

unconvincing

adjective

an unconvincing character, story, or performance is difficult to believe or enjoy, because it does not seem real or likely

untold

adjective

an untold story has never been read or heard by the public

allegorical

adjective

allegorically

adverb

biographically

adverb

mythological

adjective

racily

adverb

raciness

noun

tragicomic

adjective

a rattling good story/read

an exciting or enjoyable story

hard-luck story

a description of bad things that have happened to you that you tell someone in order to make them feel sorry for you

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