Fiction Formats

Traditionally, fiction includes novels, short stories, fables, legends, myths, fairy-tales, epic and narrative poetry, plays (including operas, musicals, drams, puppet plays, and various kinds of theatrical dances). However, fiction may also encompass comic books, and many animated cartoons, stop motions, anime, manga, films, video games, radio programs, television programs (comedies and dramas), etc.

Types of literary fiction in prose include:

  • Short story: A work of at least 2,000 words but under 7,500 words. The boundary between a long short story and a novella is vague.
  • Novella: A work of at least 7,500 words but under 50,000 words. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899) is an example of a novella.
  • Novel: A work of 50,000 words or more.

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