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Fiction, a prime form of entertainment, has evolved into multiple genres which one can broadly attribute to different forms of stories. In this paper, we examine the hypothesis that works of fiction can be characterised by the emotions they portray. To investigate this hypothesis, we use the work of fictions in the Project Gutenberg and we attribute basic emotional content to each individual sentence using Ekman's model. A time-smoothed version of the emotional content for each basic emotion isdoi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141922 pmid:26524352 pmcid:PMC4629906 fatcat:ef6iawhc3bc4hehtgwptrcd3fi