Genre

By Jennifer Hallmark

What is a genre? Vocabulary.com says “A literary genre is a style of writing. Your favorite literary genre might be science fiction, for example.

The word genre means “artistic category or style,”…When you use the term literary genre, you make it clear that you’re talking about books and writing. Bookstores sometimes use literary genres as a way to separate books into different sections, like “classics” or “mysteries.” The word genre is French, and it means “kind, sort, or style.”

Here’s a partial list of genres in literature.

Chick Lit

Classic

Comic/Graphic Novel

Contemporary

Crime/Detective

Dystopian/Utopian

Fable

Fairy tale

Fanfiction

Fantasy

Fiction narrative

Folklore

Historical fiction

Horror

Humor

Magical Realism

Mystery/Cozy Mystery

Non-fiction

Science fiction

Suspense/Thriller

Western

Women’s Fiction

Young Adult/New Adult

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