What is Genre?

We divide our movies, TV, art and literature by genre, or type.

a particular style used in cinema, writing, or art, which can be recognized by certain features
The novel did not really exist as a genre before the 17th century.
There’s a whole genre of films about city-dwellers lost in the wilderness.

(Macmillan Dictionary)

a class or category of artistic endeavour having a particular form,content, technique, or the like: the genre of epic poetry; the genre of symphonic music.

(Dictionary.com)

Some genre conventions are very strong. Certain techniques or stylistic devices clearly indicate to the viewer / reader that they should feel particular emotions such as fear or happiness. Artists use these conventions to their advantage.

In this video, the main character is talking about her love life.

1. What are the two genres shown?

2. What genre conventions do the film makers use to show the differences?

Now watch these two trailers for the same movie. Which would you rather see? What do you think the real movie is like?

And two more, for the movie Mrs. Doubtfire.

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