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allegory

allegory

/ˈæɫəˌɡɔɹi/
noun
a story, poem, painting, etc. in which the characters and events are used as symbols to convey moral or political lessons

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anecdote

anecdote

/ˈænəkˌdoʊt/
noun
a short interesting story about a real event or person, often biographical

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chick lit

chick lit

/tʃˈɪk lˈɪt/
noun
novels that are aimed at young women, usually with a single woman as the main character

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cyberpunk

cyberpunk

/sˈaɪbɚpˌʌŋk/
noun
a genre of science fiction set in a future dystopian society dominated by computer technology

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fable

fable

/ˈfeɪbəɫ/
noun
a short story on morality with animal characters

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fairy tale

fairy tale

/fˈɛɹi tˈeɪl/
noun
a children's story about magical creatures and lands

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fantasy

fantasy

/ˈfænəsi/, /ˈfæntəsi/
noun
a type of story, movie, etc. involving magic and adventure, not facts

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folk tale

folk tale

/fˈoʊk tˈeɪl/
noun
an old traditional story that is passed on orally between common people

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ghost story

ghost story

/ɡˈoʊst stˈoːɹi/
noun
a story involving ghosts that is supposed to be frightening

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horror story

horror story

/hˈɔːɹɚ stˈoːɹi/
noun
a story that is supposed to scare people which is about unsettling and frightening events or things

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legend

legend

/ˈɫɛdʒənd/
noun
an old story that is sometimes considered historical although it is not usually proved to be true

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melodrama

melodrama

/ˈmɛɫəˌdɹɑmə/
noun
a play, story, etc. that involves exciting events and is filled with exaggerated emotions

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mystery

mystery

/ˈmɪstɝi/
noun
a movie, novel, or play in which a crime takes place, especially a murder, and the story starts unraveling as it goes on

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myth

myth

/ˈmɪθ/
noun
a story involving the ancient history of a people, usually about heroes and supernatural events that could be unreal

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page-turner

page-turner

/pˈeɪdʒtˈɜːnɚ/
noun
a really exciting book that one is encouraged to read quickly

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parable

parable

/ˈpɛɹəbəɫ/
noun
a short fictitious story with a moral or spiritual lesson, especially one told by Jesus Christ in the Gospels

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romance

romance

/ˈɹoʊmæns/, /ɹoʊˈmæns/
noun
a novel or movie about love

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saga

saga

/ˈsɑɡə/
noun
a long story of heroic actions and bravery in old Norse or Icelandic in the Middle Ages, or a modern narrative resembling such a narrative

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satire

satire

/ˈsæˌtaɪɝ/
noun
humor, irony, ridicule, or sarcasm used to expose or criticize the faults and shortcomings of a person, government, etc.

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science fiction

science fiction

/sˈaɪəns fˈɪkʃən/
noun
books, movies, etc. about imaginary things based on science

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sequel

sequel

/ˈsikwəɫ/
noun
a book, movie, play, etc. that continues and extends the story of an earlier one

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story

story

/ˈstɔɹi/
noun
a description of events and people either real or imaginary

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tale

tale

/ˈteɪɫ/
noun
a true or imaginary story, particularly one that is full of exciting events

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thriller

thriller

/ˈθɹɪɫɝ/
noun
a movie, novel, etc. with an exciting plot that deals with crime

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tragedy

tragedy

/ˈtɹædʒədi/
noun
a play with sad events, especially one that the main character dies at the end

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true crime

true crime

/tɹˈuː kɹˈaɪm/
noun
a movie or book genre involving real crimes and real people

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whodunit

whodunit

/huˈdənɪt/
noun
a story, play, movie, etc. about a mystery or murder that the audience can't solve till the end

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yarn

yarn

/ˈjɑɹn/
noun
a long narrative of events and adventures with a lot of details

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