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Here are some characteristics of an adventure story.
§ noble, brave, and courageous
§ a risk taker
§ saves the day
§ attempts to solve all problems
§ has a side-kick who assists
§ has a character flaw, something that troubles him or her, like not valuing others for what they are, being dishonest, lazy, etc.
§ hero/heroine makes the journey
§ hero/heroine goes on the journey to solve a mystery or a problem
§ a journey could be to or through forests, mountains, valleys, deserts, ocean, museum, cities, or even a junkyard
A journey always has a realistic setting.
§ The hero/heroine can journey by horse, walking, bus, car, ship, or even a plane. The transportation mode is real.
§ Conflict can happen in several ways:
§ someone is missing
§ find an answer to a specific question
§ conflict with nature: survival in the wilderness
§ conflict with self: fighting a fear
§ conflict with man or a group
§ Solution to conflict may be a realistic ending or not.
The Resolution to the Problem
§ The main character learns something
§ The main character solves the mystery
§ The main character most often changes for the better, examples: the character feels appreciated by others, accepts others as they are
§ main character can also survive many dangers or learn to respect nature
§ main character learns to appreciate his/her life as it is
§ main character can also overcome certain fears or feelings about him/herself.