Welcome to day 4 of Genre and Sub Genre. I was poking around at the host blog for 52 Books in 52 Weeks 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.
Genre and Sub Genre categories
Thank you to Writers Digest and 52 books in 52 weeks for the sub genre breakdown
- Alternate History:
speculative fiction that changes the accepted account of actual
historical events, often featuring a profound “what if?” premise.
- Arthurian Fantasy: reworkings of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
- Bangsian Fantasy: stories speculating on the afterlives of famous people.
- Biopunk: a blend of film noir, Japanese anime and post-modern elements used to describe an underground, nihilistic biotech society.
- Children’s Fantasy: a kinder, gentler style of fantasy aimed at very young readers.
- Comic: fantasy or science fiction that spoofs the conventions of the genre, or the conventions of society.
- Cyberpunk: stories featuring tough outsiders in a high-tech near-future where computers have produced major changes in society.
- Dark Fantasy: tales that focus on the nightmarish underbelly of magic, venturing into the violence of horror novels.
- Dystopian: stories that portray a bleak future world.
- Erotic: SF or fantasy tales that focus on sexuality.
- Game-Related Fantasy: tales with plots and characters similar to high fantasy, but based on a specific role-playing game like Dungeons and Dragons.
- Hard Science Fiction: tales in which real present-day science is logically extrapolated to the future.
- Heroic Fantasy: stories of war and its heroes, the fantasy equivalent of military science fiction.
- High/Epic Fantasy: tales with an emphasis on the fate of an
entire race or nation, often featuring a young “nobody” hero battling an
- Historical: speculative fiction taking place in a recognizable historical period.
- Mundane SF: a movement that spurns fanciful conceits like
warp drives, wormholes and faster-than-light travel for stories based on
scientific knowledge as it actually exists.
- Military SF: war stories that extrapolate existing military technology and tactics into the future.
- Mystery SF: a cross-genre blend that can be either an SF tale with a central mystery or a classic whodunit with SF elements.
- Mythic Fiction: stories inspired, or modeled on, classic myths, legends and fairy tales.
- New Age: a category of speculative fiction that deals with
occult subjects such as astrology, psychic phenomena, spiritual healing,
UFOs and mysticism.
- Post-Apocalyptic: stories of life on Earth after an apocalypse, focusing on the struggle to survive.
- Romance: speculative fiction in which romance plays a key part.
- Religious: centering on theological ideas, and heroes who are ruled by their religious beliefs.
- Science Fantasy: a blend in which fantasy is supported by scientific or pseudo-scientific explanations.
- Social SF: tales that focus on how characters react to their environments Ð including social satire.
- Soft SF: tales based on the more subjective, “softer” sciences: psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.
- Space Opera: a traditional good guys/bad guys faceoff with lots of action and larger-than-life characters.
- Spy-Fi: tales of espionage with SF elements, especially the use of high-tech gadgetry.
- Steampunk: a specific type of alternate history in which characters in Victorian England have access to 20th century technology.
- Superheroes: stories featuring characters endowed with superhuman strengths or abilities.
- Sword and Sorcery: a classic genre often set in the medieval
period, and more concerned with immediate physical threats than high or
- Thriller SF: an SF story that takes on the classic world-at-risk, cliffhanger elements of a thriller.
- Time-Travel: stories based on the concept of moving forward or backward in time, often delving into the existence of parallel worlds.
- Urban Fantasy: a fantasy tale in which magical powers and
characters appear in an otherwise normal modern context, similar to
Latin American magical realism.
- Vampire: variations on the classic vampire legend, recently taking on many sexual and romantic variations.
- Wuxia: fantasy tales set within the martial arts traditions and philosophies of China.
- Young Adult: speculative fiction aimed at a teenage audience, often featuring a hero the same age or slightly older than the reader.