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Action fiction is a literary genre that focuses on stories that involve high-stakes, high-energy, and fast-paced events. This genre includes a wide range of subgenres, such as spy novels, adventure stories, tales of terror and intrigue ("cloak and dagger") and mysteries. This kind of story utilizes suspense, the tension that is built up when the reader wishes to know how the conflict between the protagonist and antagonist is going to be resolved or what the solution to the puzzle of a thriller is.[1]

Genre fiction

Action genre is a form of fiction whose subject matter is characterized by emphasis on exciting action sequences. This does not always mean they exclude character development or story-telling. The action genre is also related to comic books and graphic novel formats such as manga, and non-literary media including anime, action film, action television series, and action games. It includes martial arts action, extreme sports action, car chases and vehicles, hand-to-hand combat, suspense action, and action comedy, with each focusing in more detail on its own type and flavor of action. It is usually possible to tell from the creative style of an action sequence, the emphasis of an entire work, so that, for example, the style of a combat sequence will indicate whether the entire work can be classified as action-adventure, or a martial work. Action is mainly defined by a central focus on any kind of exciting movement.[2][3][4][5]

Notable examples



Television series



See also


  1. ^ Turco (1999, pp. 58, 116)
  2. ^ "Action". Literary Terms. October 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Nibandhe, Sushmita (January 8, 2024). "10 Best Comic Books For Adventure And Action Lovers". The Education Magazine.
  4. ^ Dow, Isabella (April 26, 2017). "The Appeal of the Action Genre". The Heights.
  5. ^ Hellerman, Jason (December 6, 2023). "The Action Genre in Film and TV". No Film School. Retrieved 1 May 2024.