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** How to Distinguish Between Fiction & Non-Fiction Literary Genres **

by Paige Johansen, Demand Media

A book with a three-headed dog is likely to be a work of fiction.

A book with a three-headed dog is likely to be a work of fiction.

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Sometimes the best way to distinguish between a work of literary fiction
and a work of literary nonfiction is to look at the back cover and see how
it's categorized. Literary fiction and nonfiction can both have a story,
setting and characters. They can both be told in the first person. And,
they can both sound like the truth.


Works of nonfiction are meant to be factual. This means magazine articles,
newspaper stories, encyclopedia entries, interviews and textbooks are all
nonfiction. Many aisles in bookstores are full of nonfiction -- the
cooking, art, travel, science, religion, true crime, psychology and
decorating sections all contain factual works. While there are no
hard-and-fast rules about what makes a piece of nonfiction "literary," a
good bet is that a piece of literary nonfiction will have a bit more of a
story than, say, a recipe or a paragraph in a textbook. Biographies,
autobiographies, essays and memoirs are among genres that may be considered
creative or literary nonfiction.


Works of fiction are primarily invented or imaginary. Short stories, novels


how do you know a story is fiction

Fiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Fiction **

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This article is about the type of media content. For other uses, see
Fiction (disambiguation).
An illustration from Lewis Carroll's /Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/,
depicting the fictional protagonist, Alice, playing a fantastical game of

*Fiction* is the classification for any story created in the
imagination,^[1]^[2] rather than based strictly on history or
fact.^[3]^[note 1] Fiction can be expressed in a variety of formats,
including writings, live performances, films, television programs, video
games, and role-playing games, though the term originally and most commonly
refers to the major narrative forms of literature (see /literary/
fiction),^[4] including the novel, novella, short story, and play. Fiction
constitutes an act of creative invention, so that faithfulness to reality
is not typically assumed;^[5] in other words, fiction is not expected to
present only characters who are actual people or descriptions that are
factually true. The context of fiction is generally open to interpretation,
due to fiction's freedom from any necessary embedding in reality;^[6]
however, some fictional works are claimed to be, or marketed as,
historically or factually accurate, complicating the traditional
distinction between fiction and non-fiction.^[7] Fiction is a
classification or category, rather than a specific mode or genre, unless
used in a narrower sense as a synonym for a particular literary fiction


· 1 Reality and fiction
· 2 Forms
· 3 See also
· 4 Notes

· 4.1 Citations

· 5 Bibliography
· 6 External links

*Reality and fiction[edit]*

Fiction is commonly broken down into a variety of subsets, or genres, each
typically defined by narrative technique, tone, content or popularly
defined criteria. Science fiction often predicts or supposes technologies
that are not realities


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