Adventure stories for children are fictions which usually include the elements of danger and give the reader a sense of excitement. The development of this genre is related to the work the Encyclopedia of Adventure Fiction by Don D’Ammassa.
Adventure is the main theme of these stories and was already an element of theMedieval romances plots. From the mid-19th century, adventure books became very popular; nevertheless, they had many changes over the years. Then around the 1950s, adventure stories and novels have become popular in America, where they were published in pulp magazines.
Adventure fictions usually overlap other literary genres such as war novels, crime novels, spy stories, fantasy, science fictions and Westerns.
Adventure stories for children have started became popular in the 19th century with the works The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David, The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat and The Peasant and the Prince by Harriet Martineau. Then, the genre developed more during the Victorian era with Kingston, Ballantyne and Henty who focused on the production of adventure fictions for boys. After the First World War, Ransome wrote adventure stories focusing on the conditions of Britain during that time. In modern time, adventure stories focus also on issues such as terrorism and war.
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