Fiction texts can be divided into three main types:
Fiction texts are written to entertain their reader - they tell a story, but they can often be thought-provoking, moral or even political. The story-telling form is always emotional for the reader as this is what makes it entertaining. It is this that writers can use to create a persuasive effect.
Some fiction helps us to make sense of life and understand ourselves better; some are a way for the writer to give their views and opinions of the world. Stories allow us to understand places, events and feelings we might never otherwise experience, and to do so safely; they even allow us to read and learn about topics we might not be comfortable discussing.
When you are trying to work out whether or not a text is a fictional story and to understand its purpose, here are some clues to look for: