Many people including me has difficulty with genres and subgenres. The classifications of books over the years have become more difficult and convoluted. Here i will try and simplify things for others as much as possible and show which genres are the ones I read and which I don’t as well. This is going to be fun as there are so many classifications I will also try and do an example of each genre and subgenre
More to come with a list and brief description of each.
Non-fiction – this is a general catch all for books that are not fictional. This genre includes multiple sub genres. Biographies are one such book sub genre that is attached in non fiction .
Example: Shake hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire.
Fiction – the general category that means made up. It is not a true story.
Example: to kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Those are the two genres but there are many sub genres and some books cross into multiple genres.
Each of these can have multiple sub sections under them as well.
For me I tend to read the ones that are linked to fantasy or to mysteries.
Fantasy in and of itself is a sub-genre with multiple aspects that separate it out into there own areas.
I classify fantasy in a couple of ways.
Paranormal — this is generally linked more with thrillers in my mind or police procedures that use a psychic link to it. An example of this is the Catherine Mans series by Linda Prather
Urban Fantasy — This is books that are fantasy with full aspects of magic but are based in the real world. A great example of this is Jim Butcher and his Dresden Files.
High Fantasy — This is the original fantasy that is it’s own separate world and it’s unique magic. This is also where I would classify most fantasy novels that are based more around the roleplaying world. Dragonlance novels would fall into this category as well as Lord of the Rings.