my book

by Birgitta
(Germany)

Question: I have written a novel about the true events of my life. What genre would this be considered.


Answer: If your book is the story of your life as a whole (assuming you feel your greatest achievements are now complete) then it would be an autobiography. "Auto" means "self," so an "autobiography" is a biography (a life story) written by the person it's about.

If the book concerns your recollection of events from a particular and limited period of your life, then it would be a memoir. Memoir generally offers a perspective that is more limited, both by time and objective accuracy.

A story that is based on real events but has been fictionalized (with the names changed and events altered a little) would be a novel.

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