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What Should I Read? (Reader's Advisory)


action/adventure books

Action fiction "is a genre of film, TV, literature, etc., in which the primary feature is the constant slam-bang of fights, chases, explosions, and clever one-liners. Action stories typically do not explore complex relationships between human beings or the subtleties of psychology and philosophy. Instead, they are high-octane thrillers that simply aim to give the reader an exciting ride. (The word 'thriller' is synonymous with 'action' in this context.)"


Adventure fiction is generally defined as "narratives about action or events involving danger and conflict and developing with speed and urgency."



Text: "Action." Literary Terms, 1 June 2015, Accessed 31 Mar. 2018.

         Hanke, Veronica, et al. "adventure stories." The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English, edited by Victor Watson, Cambridge University Press, 1st edition, 2001. Credo Reference, Accessed 03 Apr. 2018.

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