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    Popular Genres of Film

         Movies are a good type of entertainment. You can enjoy being alone, in a couple or with many people in the same environment. Depending on the choice of film that people make, they can have fun, be happy, get emotional, cry, become anxious or nervous while they watch it. Once a film is released, it brings people together to watch the movie and seize the moment. Given that, there are different types of movies for all tastes and occasions. The most popular are the genres of fiction, romance and suspense.

         First, the most popular movie genre is fiction. Lately, films of this genre are among the highest selling at the box office. This kind of film shows the fascination viewers have with the unknown, of what is to come or with fantasy. The fiction genre is divided between science fiction and fantasy fiction. Science fiction movies use phenomena that could be possible in the future, but are not fully accepted and proven by science today. Usually, this kind of movie shows extraterrestrial, time travel and futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, interstellar travel or other technologies not yet known. The most popular movie in this category is "Star Wars"; this movie changed the history of science fiction in theaters. The other type of fiction is fantasy. In fantasy, the movies are often about the unreal, supernatural, mystical and magical. In this type of film the creators often mix reality with the impossible. For example, films like "Harry Potter" and "The Lord of the Rings" are in this genre. Because of this, along with advanced technologies, the special effects and the impressive storylines make fiction the most popular genre.

         Romance is another genre that people like other than fiction. Romance films are those in which the characters develop around a love story between the protagonists. This genre can be subdivided into romantic drama and romantic comedy. So, in the romantic drama, the protagonists live with obstacles or barriers that life itself imposes and can often be turned into tragedies. For instance, the film "Romeo and Juliet", based on Shakespeare's play or the Titanic, separates the lovers permanently at the end. On the other hand, romantic comedies are lighter, accompanied by laughter and romantic achievements. Therefore, they portray that love can be silly, exciting and joyful. For example, the classic for every teenager in the 90's was the movie "10 Things I Hate About You". The romance genre certainly emphasizes that true love can overcome obstacles or that it is possible to find the perfect match, even if it does not always have a happy ending.

         The third most popular film genre for the public is suspense. In this kind of movie, the feeling is that something bad will happen. The script of the film might also suggest clues about the possible outcome of a conflict, so the viewer can deduce or guess what is about to happen. The resolution of the development at the end of the film occurs logically and according to the probability of events. It is very common when people are watching this genre to suddenly become frightened or very eager to discover the outcome of the story. At the movies, this kind of film captivates audiences. The most famous films of this genre are "The Others", "Shutter Island" and "The Sixth Sense". For this reason, suspense films are very popular because they attract people's attention until the end of the film.

         In conclusion, the films of fiction, romance and suspense are the most sought after by viewers. They attract the attention of the audience, captivate them with their message, make them stand up for or judge the characters and often make many viewers want to participate in something. Sometimes the personality of each person impacts their choice of film. It doesn't matter what your favorite type of movie is, the important thing is to have a favorite movie to share with others. If your favorite genre isn't the most popular, maybe it will be the most popular in the future.


    Exercise 1: Identify the parts of an essay

    Read the example essay to complete this exercise. You have analyzed pieces of this essay throughout the chapter. Now look at the essay as a whole. Answer the following questions about the example essay.

    1. Label the introduction paragraph, the body paragraphs, and the conclusion paragraph.
    2. Circle the hook.
    3. What is the general topic of the essay?
    4. Underline the thesis.
    5. Underline each of the topic sentences.
    6. Do each of the topic sentences support the thesis?
    7. How does the conclusion paragraph begin? How does it end?

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