Adventure fiction

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– **History of Adventure Fiction:**
– Critic Don DAmmassa defines adventure as events outside the protagonist’s ordinary life, often with danger and physical action.
Adventure themes date back to early written fiction, evolving from stories of knights to high-tech espionage.
– Notable adventure writers include Sir Walter Scott, Jules Verne, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
– American pulp magazines like Argosy and Adventure popularized adventure fiction.
Adventure fiction often overlaps with genres like war novels, crime novels, and Westerns.

– **Adventure Fiction for Children:**
– Children’s adventure stories emerged in the 19th century with works like “The Swiss Family Robinson.”
– Writers like Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Ransome contributed to the genre’s development.
– Modern authors like Philip Pullman continue the tradition of historical adventure novels for children.
– Children’s adventure fiction explores themes like terrorism and warfare in the Third World.
– Notable scholars like Susan Maning and Martin Burgess Green have studied the genre.

– **Themes and Elements in Adventure Fiction:**
Adventure fiction focuses on fast-paced plots, emphasizing the hero’s actions within the setting.
– The genre often features danger as a central element, driving the narrative forward.
Adventure fiction can overlap with genres like spy stories, sea stories, and fantasy.
– Not all books within these genres are considered adventures; the plot’s pace is crucial.
– Male writers historically dominated adventure fiction, but female authors are gaining prominence.

– **Notable Authors in Adventure Fiction:**
– Edgar Rice Burroughs, known for creating Tarzan, was a prominent pulp adventure writer.
– Authors like H. Rider Haggard and Alexandre Dumas contributed significantly to the genre.
– Female authors like Baroness Orczy and Marion Zimmer Bradley made notable contributions.
Adventure fiction has seen a diverse range of writers, from Robert Louis Stevenson to Ian Fleming.
– The genre has evolved over time, with authors blending elements from different genres.

– **Evolution of Adventure Fiction:**
Adventure fiction has evolved from stories of knights in armor to modern high-tech espionage tales.
– The genre saw a surge in popularity from the mid-19th century with the rise of mass literacy.
– American pulp magazines played a significant role in popularizing adventure fiction.
– Notable pulp magazines like Blue Book and Argosy specialized in publishing adventure stories.
Adventure fiction has continued to adapt and change over the years, incorporating new themes and settings.

Adventure fiction (Wikipedia)

Adventure fiction is a type of fiction that usually presents danger, or gives the reader a sense of excitement. Some adventure fiction also satisfies the literary definition of romance fiction.

Adventure novels and short stories were popular subjects for American pulp magazines.
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