There are many different types of stories. The most important consideration
when choosing a tale to tell is whether you like it enough to tell it with
enthusiasm. Stories should communicate to you a need to be told. Some of the different categories of stories available to storytellers are: --
Fable - a short moral story not based on fact, using animals as
characters, such as, Aesop's Fables - The Fox and the Grapes, Lion and the
mouse and others.
Fairytale - The best-known would be Grimm's fairytales about
imaginary folk, such as elves, giants, witches, gnomes, and fairies. Closer to
home is Mary and the Leprechaun, by Irish-Australian writer John Kelly.
Folk tale - a traditional story, in which ordinary people gain
special insight, transforming them and enabling them to overcome extraordinary
obstacles. See The Magic Orange Tree & other Haitian Folktales by Diane
Legend - a story based on the life of a real person in which
events are depicted larger than life, for example, The Stories of Robin Hood,
or King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Myth - a story about gods and heroes, explaining the workings of
nature and human nature. See Psyche and Eros or Inanna by Diane Wolkstein.
Parable - a fictitious story told to point to a moral, for
example, The Sower and the Seed from the New Testament of the Bible.
Personal story - a life story from your own or your family's
experience, such as, Streets and Alleys by Syd Lieberman.
Religious story - an historical and philosophical story based on a
particular culture and religious persuasion, for example, The Story of Lazarus
from the Bible.
Tall tale - an exaggerated story, often humorous. Fishing
stories, Australian Bush stories, see The Loaded Dog by Henry Lawson.
Traditional tale - a story handed down orally from generation to
generation, such as the Polynesian stories - Maui, and The Coming of the Maori.
From About Storytelling -
Published by Hale and Iremonger, Sydney, Australia -- ISBN 0 86806 593 5 - by Helen McKay and Berice Dudley © 1996