%%
%%
%% Note: If you wish to add examples, please explain in detail. For instance, sketch the basic premise of the genre that is being deconstructed and how the example deconstructs the genre.
%%
%% Also remember: Darker and Edgier is not inherently Deconstruction, nor is the inverse true.
%%
%%
->''"If ''Franchise/StarWars'' is humanist, ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' is totalitarian."''
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert'''

A subtrope of {{Deconstruction}}; Genre Deconstruction occurs when the author of a work performs {{deconstruction}} on a specific genre.

The genre is basically boiled down to a set of tropes, conventions and a typical premise. All of these features are then played straight; without shying away from any unpleasant consequences and/or causes of these features. Basically, the heart of the genre is laid bare, warts and all. It is not solely done to denote how unpleasant a genre or trope is, but to break away from the clichés and stock themes said genre or trope has acquired.

Whilst deconstructing a genre (and doing it well) will change a genre forever, please note that [[TropesAreNotBad deconstruction of a genre is not a bad thing]] (Your Mileage May Vary on this of course, despite the given facts). Many famous works credited with revolutionizing their media and genres have been Genre Deconstructions. This is because deconstruction is one of the ways genres can change themselves; flaws are hunted down in the deconstruction and corrected in the following {{reconstruction}}. Deconstruction can also add depth and enhance realism, which in turn assists audiences in suspending their disbelief.

Merely making a genre DarkerAndEdgier is not the same as deconstructing it. To deconstruct a genre, the ''essential elements'' of the genre must be clearly demonstrated and taken to their most logical conclusions, and this causality ''must be plausible''. If the TropeMaker or TropeCodifier deconstructs ''itself'' (or at least seems to), then you've got an UnbuiltTrope.

Note: This page is for deconstructions of whole genres. For deconstructions of individual tropes, see DeconstructedTrope, and for a general explanation of the method of {{Deconstruction}}, see {{Deconstruction}}. For works that (arguably) deconstruct multiple genres and essentially go mad deconstructing as many things as they can, see DeconstructorFleet. Some works may pull off a DeconReconSwitch.

Any example from FanFic is to go in DeconstructionFic.

%%
%%
%%Note: If you wish to add examples, please explain in detail. For instance, sketch the basic premise of the genre that is being deconstructed and how the example deconstructs the genre.
%%
%%Also remember: Darker and Edgier is not inherently Deconstruction, nor is the inverse true.
%%
%%
----
!!Sub-pages abounding with examples:
[[index]]
* GenreDeconstruction/AnimeAndManga
* GenreDeconstruction/ComicBooks
* GenreDeconstruction/{{Film}}
* GenreDeconstruction/{{Literature}}
* GenreDeconstruction/LiveActionTV
* GenreDeconstruction/TabletopGames
* GenreDeconstruction/{{Theatre}}
* GenreDeconstruction/VideoGames
* GenreDeconstruction/WebComics
* GenreDeconstruction/WebOriginal
* GenreDeconstruction/WesternAnimation
* GenreDeconstruction/{{Other}}
[[/index]]
----