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The word action has more than one meaning in fiction. Action is one of the fiction-writing modes authors use to present fiction. The term is also used to describe a subset of creative works emphasizing action rather than other aspects of storytelling.

Action as a fiction-writing mode

"Action is the mode fiction writers use to show what is happening at any given moment in the story," states Evan Marshall. Although action is widely used in fiction, the most-effective techniques for its presention are a subject of ongoing discussion.

Action genre

The action genre is a class of creative works characterised by more emphasis on exciting action sequences than on character development or story-telling. The genre encompasses action-adventure fiction, action films, action games and analogous media in other formats such as manga and anime. There are many sub-genres, including martial arts action, extreme sports action, car chases and vehicles, suspense action, and action comedy, with each focusing in more detail on its own type and flavour of action. It is usually possible to tell from the creative style of an action sequence, the genre of the entire creative works. For example, the style of a combat sequence wil indicate whether the entire works is an action adventure, or martial arts.


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