I was poking around at the host blog and discovered an interesting page about genre and sub genre. I have always wondered what the different genre classifications were in books so wanted to share them here with you.
There are 5 categories so will share one a day this week.
style - type - kind - sort - manner - genus
Genre and Sub Genre categories
- Chick-Lit: often humorous romantic adventures geared toward single working women in their twenties and thirties.
- Christian: romances in which both hero and heroine are devout Christians, typically focused on a chaste courtship, and mentioning sex only after marriage.
- Contemporary: a romance using modern characters and true-to-life settings.
- Erotica: also called “romantica,” a romance in which the bedroom doors have been flung open and sexual scenes are described in candid language.
- Glitz/Glamor: focused on the jet-set elite and celebrity-like characters.
- Historical: a romance taking place in a recognizable historical period.
- Multicultural: a romance centered on non-Caucasian characters, largely African-American or Hispanic.
- Paranormal: involving some sort of supernatural element, ranging widely to include science fiction/fantasy aspects such as time travel, monsters or psychic abilities.
- Romantic Comedy: a romance focused on humor, ranging from screwball antics to witty interplay.
- Romantic Suspense: a novel in which an admirable heroine is pitted against some evil force (but in which the romantic aspect still maintains priority).
- Sensual: based on the sensual tension between hero and heroine, including sizzling sex scenes.
- Spicy: a romance in which married characters work to resolve their problems.
- Sweet: a romance centered on a virgin heroine, with a storyline containing little or no sex.
- Young Adult: written with the teenage audience in mind, with a suitably lower level of sexual content.
Thank you to Writers Digest and 52 books in 52 weeks for the genre and sub genre breakdowns.