How films are categorised in movie rental places.

A grouping based on shared similar characteristics.

In theory genre exists for convenience, allowing people to identify broad groups without having to name specific titles from within the group.

In other words, you can decide on a film to rent without having to go through reading the back of each and every box.

Often however there are discrepancies with the categorisations, particularly as the boundaries between genres can be quite fluid. In practice this means genre categories can be less than helpful.

The term also applies to other media such as music, books, theatre and art.
Examples of film genres could include: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Kids, Horror, Science Fiction.
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An unncessary label attached to music, movies, novels, etc. giving way to discrimination, stereotypes, and prejudice.
I was once kicked out of a music chat room based on the "metal" genre because I listen to "nu-metal".
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A category of literature or entertainment.
My favorite genre is Science Fiction.
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How films are catagorised in movie rental places.

A grouping based on shared similar characteristics.

In theory genre exists for convenience, allowing people to identify broad groups without having to name specific titles from within the group.

In other words, you can decide on a film to rent without having to go through reading the back of each and every box.

Often however there are discrepancies with the categorisations, particularly as the boundaries between genres can be quite fluid. In practice this means genre categories can be less than helpful.

The term also applies to other media such as music, books, theatre and art.
Examples of film genres could include: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Kids, Horror, Science Fiction.
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A field of interest and common characteristics
The genre of death metal
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A way to trick people into thinking there's some order and reason to creative thought. Music and literature aren't a science.

When someone starts talking about which genres they like, be it of music or literature, they probably don't know what they're talking about. The same type of person will ask "What type of music/books do you like?"

The best answer to a question like that is to name the specific things that you like, and let them come up with a label for them.
Examples of "genres" include:

Literature: Fantasy, Romance

Music: Death metal, Country
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outmoded form of media classification employed by record shops, book stores, retailers in general for organisation and categorisation purposes. in poststructuralist subjectivities however, genre as an objective construct loses its validity and classifications more intimate and expressive of individuals are employed. create worlds of meaning and tie others inward, realising all this is fragile and fleeting and caught in language.
'post-rock' as the genre 'anti-genre'.
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