So, I've been telling anyone interested enough to ask that my goal was to write one book in each of the seventeen major genres. Industry does indeed tell me that there are seventeen MAJOR genres. But then I came upon this list... and now I think I have more books to write. This is not an inconvenience or a problem, by any stretch. But it does tell me that there is more diversity today in literature than I had expected. And it also tells me that I'm going to have a LOT MORE FUN telling my stories!
These are the genres I've accomplished so far:
Poetry: Ideate Avail. It's a collection I wrote back in my early twenties... currently out of print, and I like it that way... poetry is HARD... although friends are pressuring me to republish it. It might happen; who knows.
Romance: A Tryst of Fate. I enjoyed writing this one because I didn't keep to the "expected" formula for a romance novel. In mine, the main character is a man, and the story is told from his point of view; there's a mystery, and an unexpected love triangle; but not to worry, the required "happily ever after" ending is still there.
Satirical: Free Will. This was a fun romp into the world of "what if" for me. I got to explore some questions about religion and the afterlife... and I came up with some interesting characters along the way. I had a good time with it. It actually started out as something completely different... but I'll save that for another post on another day.
Children's: The Griffin of Greed. Initially, this was one of the short stories in my novel, A Tryst of Fate. After reading it at a writer's group meeting, members suggested I convert it into a children's book. After a year of rewriting the text and finding an illustrator, that's exactly what I did. It was such a fulfilling process, I'm now working on another children's book about elephants.
Memoir: Wolfe Cub. This book was written as a gift for my son. If no one else in the world ever reads it, I'll be okay with that. But it has a higher purpose, and I hope that whoever reads it will get something positive out of it. This book's got a creation story too, which I'll save for a different blog post.
Other books I am currently working on include Science Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and that second children's book I mentioned. I know that's a lot to be working on at once, but considering the list below... I need to take advantage of all the free time I can, if I'm going to fulfill my "Every Genre" goal before I visit the afterlife.
35 Genres and Other Varieties of Fiction By Mark Nichol
1. Adventure fiction: stories in which characters are involved in dangerous and/or exhilarating exploits
2. Airport novel: a work of fiction, generally genre fiction, so named because of its availability at stores in international airports in order to provide airline passengers with a light diversion during a flight
3. Allegory: a story using symbolism to express truths about the human condition
4. Bildungsroman: a story detailing the emotional and moral growth of a character
5. Black comedy: a story in which the humor derives from the misfortunes and/or reproachable behavior of characters
6. Comedy: a story with elements and situations intended to amuse
7. Comedy-drama: a story with both humorous and serious elements
8. Comedy of errors (farce): a story involving energetic action revolving around humorous predicaments and coincidences
9. Comedy of manners: a story that mocks class pretensions and/or prejudices
10. Crime fiction: stories based on the commission and/or investigation of wrongdoing
11. Detective fiction: stories in which the protagonist investigates a crime
12. Epic: originally a long poem celebrating the exploits of a factual or fictitious hero, but now applied to prose works on the same theme as well
13. Epistolary fiction: stories constructed as a series of letters exchanged between characters
14. Fantasy fiction: stories involving imaginary beings in the real world or in an alternate reality and assuming suspension of disbelief about magic and/or supernatural powers
15. Fictional autobiography: a story purporting to be a first-person account of someone’s life
16. Fictional biography: a story structured to resemble a factual life story
17. Genre fiction: stories intended to appeal to readers because of adherence to a specific formula (such as adventure fiction or detective fiction), rather than on their literary merits
18. Gothic fiction: stories often taking place in an isolated setting and involving strange and/or perilous happenings
19. Horror fiction: stories incorporating supernatural and/or inexplicable elements and intended to arouse fear and dread
20. Melodrama: a story that emphasizes action over characterization and features exaggeratedly dramatic plot elements
21. Mystery fiction: stories that detail the solution of a crime or other wrongdoing
22. Pastiche: a story that imitates one or more established works, or consists of episodes of such works
23. Picaresque: an episodically structured story featuring a rogue or an antihero as the protagonist
24. Parody: a story mocking the pretensions or weaknesses of a particular author,
style, or genre
25. Romance: a love story; also a tale taking place in a distant time and place and involving adventure with often supernatural or mysterious elements
26. Romantic comedy: a lighthearted story detailing a romance and its complications
27. Romp: a boisterously comical tale
28. Satire: a story that pokes fun at human shortcomings such as arrogance, greed, and vanity
29. Science fiction: stories focusing on how science and technology affect individuals and civilizations
30. Screwball comedy: a fast-paced story involving improbable situations and antics from which the humor derives
31. Swashbuckler: an adventure story in which the hero accomplishes great feats to aid a noble cause
32. Thriller: a dramatic story punctuated with action, adventure, and suspense
33. Tragedy: a story with a catastrophic and/or unfortunate outcome
34. Tragicomedy: a story with both humorous and heartbreaking aspects
35. Travelogue: a story with a plot centering on a significant amount of travel
Here's the original link for the list above:
Diana Kathryn Plopa
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