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Global Scriptwriting by Ken Dancyger

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GENRE

 

Genre or story form is the fourth layer of structure. As the container for the other levels, genre is both more recognizable to the audience and more critical for the writer looking for a connection with audience.

Genre as a way of understanding story evolved out of literary criticism, where the metacategories—comedy, tragedy, and romance—were used to understand the shape of stories as well as to be able to highlight the manner in which different writers brought their own particular insights to those forms. We've come far in our consideration of genre as it applies to screen stories. Screen stories evolving out of other dramatic forms—popular fiction, for example—has yielded the western, the gangster film and film noir, ...

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