Adventure novel

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The adventure novel is a genre of novels that has adventure, an exciting undertaking involving risk and physical danger, as its main theme.

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Critic Don D'Ammassa, in the Introduction to the Encyclopedia of Adventure Fiction defines the genre by stating that

"...an adventure is an event or series of events that happens outside the course of the protagonist's ordinary life, usually accompanied by danger, often by physical action. Adventure stories almost always move quickly, and the pace of the plot is at least as important as characterization, setting and other elements of a creative work."

D'Ammassa argues that adventure novels make the element of danger the focus of their story; hence he argues that Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities is an adventure novel because the protagonists are in constant danger of being imprisoned or killed, whereas Dickens' Great Expectations is not because "Pip's encounter with the convict is an adventure, but that scene is only a device to advance the main plot, which is not truly an adventure."

Adventure has been a common theme since the earliest days of written fiction. Indeed, the standard plot of Medieval romances was a series of adventures. Following a plot framework as old as Heliodorus of Emesa, and so durable as to be still alive in Hollywood movies, a hero would undergo a first set of adventures before he met his lady. A separation would follow, with a second set of adventures leading to a final reunion.

Pulp magazine genres
Adventure  •  Detective  •  Fantasy  •  Horror  •  Men's adventure  •  Occult/Horror  •  Railroad  •  Romance  •  Science fiction  •  Sports •  Sword and Sorcery  •  War  •  Western adventure
More information on this topic is available at [ Wikipedia:Adventure_novel ]


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