Genre & Sub-Genre


The basis for the following lists are from www.FictionFactor.com/genre.html and  www.cuebon.com/ewriters/genres.html (see their website for definition of the sub-genres), with additions from various other sources.

Fantasy

  • Sub-Genres
    • Alternate worlds
    • Arthurian
    • Bangsian
    • Celtic
    • Christian
    • Comedic
    • Contemporary
    • Court Intrigue
    • Dark
    • Dying Earth
    • Erotic
    • Fairy Tale
    • Fantasy of Manners or Mannerpunk
    • Feghoot
    • Heroic
    • High or Epic Fantasy
    • Historical
    • Historical High Fantasy
    • Juvenile
    • Low Fantasy
    • Media tie-in (Buffy novels, etc.)
    • Medieval
    • Mythic (mythopoeia, mythpunk)
    • Prehistoric
    • Quest
    • Romantic
    • Science Fantasy
    • Series
    • Superhero
    • Sword & Sorcery
    • Urban Fantasy (nerd outfoxes supernatural)
    • Wuxia

Science Fiction

  • Sub-genres
    • Aliens
    • Alternate Reality
    • Alternate Humanity
    • Apocalyptic
    • Bestiary
    • Clones
    • Cyber Punk
    • Dystopia
    • Erotic SF
    • Extra-sensory Perception
    • Faster Than Light
    • Frontier
    • Generation Ship
    • Gothic
    • Habitat
    • Hard Science Fiction
    • Hollow Earth
    • Humorous
    • Immortality
    • Invisibility
    • Lost Worlds
    • Media tie-in
    • Military SF
    • Other Worlds
    • Parallel Universes/Worlds
    • Post-apocalypse
    • Pulp
    • Religious SF
    • Soft Sci-fi
    • Space Opera
    • Space Travel
    • Super Humans
    • Theology
    • Time Travel
    • Under Sea
    • Utopia
    • Voyages Extraordinaires*
    • Wetware Computer
    • World-building {unusual solar systems}
    • World Government
    • Xenofiction

Romance

  • Sub-Genres
    • Contemporary Romance
    • Fantasy Romance
    • Futuristic Romance
    • Historical Romance
    • Paranormal Romance
    • Regency Romance
    • Romantic Suspense
    • Time-travel romance
    • Western Romance
    • Chick-Lit
    • Mommy-Lit
    • Erotica
    • Romantica
    • Inspirational
    • Sweet

Horror

  • Sub-Genres
    • Cross Genre
    • Cutting Edge
    • Dark Fantasy
    • Dark Fiction
    • Erotic Horror
    • Extreme
    • Gothic
    • Lovecraftian, Lovecraft Mythos, Cthulhu Mythos, etc.
    • Noir
    • Psychological Horror
    • Quiet (or Soft) Horror
    • Supernatural
    • Surreal
    • Suspense (or Dark Suspense) and Thriller
    • Visceral
    • Weird

Mystery

  • Sub-Genres
    • Amateur Investigator
    • Bumbling Detective
    • Caper (heist)
    • Child in Peril (woman in peril)
    • Cozy
    • Culinary
    • Doctor Detective
    • Handicapped
    • Hard-boiled (noir)
    • Historical (Chinese, Elizabethan, etc.)
    • Inverted or Howdunit
    • Legal (courtroom)
    • Locked Room or Puzzle
    • Police Procedural (forensic, serial killer, stalker, etc.)
    • Private Detectives (female PI)
    • Serials or Series
    • Supernatural
    • Whodunit

Thriller

  • Sub-Genres
    • Aviation
    • Comedic
    • Conspiracy
    • Disaster
    • Ecothriller
    • Espionage
    • Exploration
    • Legal
    • Medical
    • Mercenary
    • Paranormal or Supernatural
    • Political
    • Psychological
    • Religious
    • Survivalist
    • Technothriller
    • Treasure Hunter

Westerns

  • Sub-Genres
    • Australian
    • Black Cowboy (buffalo soldier)
    • Bounty Hunter
    • Cattle Drive
    • Civil War
    • Cowpunk {outrageous cross-genre}
    • Doctor and Preacher
    • Eurowestern
    • Gunfighter
    • Humorous or Parody
    • Indian wars
    • Land Rush
    • Lawmen (Texas Rangers)
    • Mexican wars (Texan independence)
    • Modern Indians
    • Mormon
    • Outlaw
    • Prairie Settlement
    • Prospecting (gold rushes)
    • Quest
    • Railroad
    • Range wars (sheepmen)
    • Revenge
    • Romance
    • Town-tamer
    • Trapper or Mountain Man
    • Wagon Train
    • Women

Young Adult

  • Sub-Genres
    • Amateur Sleuth
    • Christian (Jewish)
    • Fantasy (comedic, scary)
    • Gay Teen (lesbian)
    • Historical
    • Other
    • Realistic Life
    • Science Fiction

Children’s Literature

  • Sub-Genres
    • By Children
    • Early Readers
    • Middle or Junior Readers (chapter books)
    • Picture Books
    • Pop-Up Picture Books
    • Traditional Stories
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