Genre (from French genre 'kind, or sort') is any form or type of communication in any mode (written, spoken, digital, artistic, etc.) with socially-agreed-upon conventions developed over time. In popular usage, it normally describes a category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria, yet genres can be aesthetic, rhetorical, communicative, or functional. Genres form by conventions that change over time as cultures invent new genres and discontinue the use of old ones. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions. Stand-alone texts, works, or pieces of communication may have individual styles, but genres are amalgams of these texts based on agreed-upon or socially inferred conventions. Some genres may have rigid, strictly adhered-to guidelines, while others may show great flexibility.
Genre began as an absolute classification system for ancient Greek literature, as set out in Aristotle's Poetics. For Aristotle, poetry (odes, epics, etc.), prose, and performance each had specific design features that supported appropriate content of each genre. Speech patterns for comedy would not be appropriate for tragedy, for example, and even actors were restricted to their genre under the assumption that a type of person could tell one type of story best.
Genres proliferate and develop beyond Aristotle’s classifications in response to changes in audiences and creators. Genre has become a dynamic tool to help the public make sense out of unpredictability through artistic expression. Given that art is often a response to a social state, in that people write, paint, sing, dance, and otherwise produce art about what they know about, the use of genre as a tool must be able to adapt to changing meanings.
Musician Ezra LaFleur argues that discussion of genre should draw from Ludwig Wittgenstein's idea of family resemblance. Genres are helpful labels for communicating but do not necessarily have a single attribute that is the essence of the genre.

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    Help Genre : minimalism example song cloudburst

    Reflection about cloudburst song in minimalism genre
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    Pa suggest po ng Slice of life genre na anime

    Curious na kasi ako sa genre nato at sawa na sa mga action driven anime story kaya try ko naman ng story driven na anime
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    Comedy Pa recommend po ng comedy genre

    Any recommendations mga lodsss hihi salamat po
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    Sport Anime Sport Genre

    Ano pong magandang sports anime na mapapanood
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    New anime genre recommendation

    is there any new good genre for anime
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    Closed Para sa movie and anime lover... may tanong ako

    Well lahat ng tao may kanya kanyang gusto like Genre diba? So sa Movies, Anime and Cartoons hahah Anong Genre ang pinakagusto niyo at Bakit? Ako... Fantasy, Magic, and Adventure Kasi Mas nagiging masaya ako kapag nanonood ng Anime na may ganyang Genre.. Lalo na yung Fantasy and Magic.. Im...