Sunday, 2 October 2011

Genres, Sub-genres and Hybrid Genres

Genres are the most basic form of film classification. The standard genres consist of Horror, Thriller, Romance, Comedy, etc. As the film industry has developed, genres have become more complicated. There are now genres within genres called Sub-Genres, such as slashers, which is an offspring of horror. Alternatively, there is Teen Comedy, an offspring of Comedy, or Zombie, which descends from Horror. Sub-genre allows a film to be specifically categorised and gain a more dedicated fan base. Finally, there are hybrid genres, these are mixtures of two different genres, for example Rom-Com, a mixture of Romance and Comedy. This broadens the target audience and allows the producers to borrow aspects from both genres.

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