How does Dramatica see Genre?

A major component of Genre in Dramatica are the tones or "modes" of expression with which a story is told. These are divided into four categories: Entertainment (diversionary), Comedy (humorous), Drama (serious), and Information (educational). Rather than treating these as four separate storytelling styles, think of them as a continuous, graduated loop -- information blends into drama, which blends into comedy, which blends into entertainment, which blends back into information, and so on. A story, or even a throughline in a story, can keep close to one mode of expression, or travel from one mode to the next. Breaking the flow (e.g. going from Drama directly to Entertainment by skipping Comedy, or from Comedy directly to Information by skipping Drama, etc.) can be disruptive for an audience which may or may not suit your wishes as an author.

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