Monday, May 23, 2011


Today I was thinking about fiction and the various sub categories that it falls into, the first genre I am currently writing (editing/rewriting since 2009)

Paranormal romance is a sub-genre of the romance novel. A type of speculative fiction, paranormal romance focuses on romance and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the genres of traditional fantasy, science fiction, or horror. Paranormal romance may range from traditional category romances, such as those published by Harlequin Mills & Boon, with a paranormal setting to stories where the main emphasis is on a science fiction or fantasy based plot with a romantic subplot included. Common hallmarks are romantic relationships between humans and vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other entities of a fantastic or otherworldly nature.

Beyond the more prevalent themes involving vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, or time travel, paranormal romances can also include books featuring characters with psychic abilities, like telekinesis or telepathy.

Paranormal romance has its roots in Gothic fiction. Its most recent revival has been spurred by turn of the century technology, e.g. the internet and electronic publishing. Paranormal romances are one of the fastest growing trends in the romance genre.

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CHICK LIT This genre I don’t like to read it or write it but if it’s a movie I’ll watch it I know that’s totally weird but that’s who I am the last CHICK LIT movie I watched was CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC and even weirder this movie was based on a best-selling novel. The basic understanding of this genre is that a young women maybe between the ages of 20-37 searching for her brooding, dashing guy, add shoes, clothing, accessories like purses and voila CHICK LIT.

HISTORICAL come on the name is straight forward but in this vast world there will be someone who does not know so here goes. Historical is the past it could be yesterday technically and it can attach to a genre, romance, mystery etc

LITERARY FICTION When I researched this I was still boggled because I thought all sub genres was fiction here is the research info.

Literary fiction is a term that has come into common usage since around 1960, principally to distinguish “serious fiction” (that is, work with claims to literary merit) from the many types of genre fiction and popular fiction (i.e., paraliterature). In broad terms, literary fiction focuses more on style, psychological depth, and character , the plot may or may not be important. Mainstream commercial fiction focuses more on narrative and plot

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THRILLER this genre involves mystery/crime that is thrilling the main character(s) must solve a problem or locate the clues to solve the problem police, FBI, CIA, via adventures, escapes, martial arts or military training. Thrillers can involve legal, forensic, basically the goal is to keep the reader on his/her toes by being fast paced.

MYSTERY When I was a kid I enjoyed reading the Nancy Drew, Hardy boys novels so the genre involves a detective who has to resolve a crime, maybe they know the suspects or maybe they have to travel to locate the above, towards the ending of the novel everything has to be resolved unless it’s a series and then the reader will anticipate what will the sleuth figure out next.

This year I kept hearing about this genre and after I researched I still did not get it but interested in reading books in this genre.

STEAMPUNK Revolves in alternative history, mainly in Victorian-esque capacities with clocks, steam power fictional machinery maybe a robotic insects that spew out metal from their teeth but the character has an anti-metal spray that temporary immobilize the robots or uses a gun with bullets made from titanium the only thing powerful against these robots. I watched LEAGUE OF EXTRODINAIRY GENTLEMAN for one reason only if my dreams come true he would be a candidate to play my MC main squeeze and I don’t care that he’s way past the teen years.

Scott Westerfield LEVIATHAN and Robert Downey Junior in SHERLOK HOLMES

SCIENCE FICTION Here is the research since I have never attempted to write in this genre, or read any SCi-FI I too have to know the definition

Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with the impact of imagined innovations in science or technology, often in a futuristic setting. It differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation). Exploring the consequences of such differences is the traditional purpose of science fiction, making it a “literature of ideas”. Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possibilities. The settings for science fiction are often contrary to known reality, but the majority of science fiction relies on a considerable degree of suspension of disbelief, which is facilitated in the reader’s mind by potential scientific explanations or solutions to various fictional elements.

These may include:

A setting in the future, in alternative timelines, or in a historical past that contradicts known facts of history or the archaeological record
A setting in outer space, on other worlds, or involving aliens
Stories that involve technology or scientific principles that contradict known laws of nature
Stories that involve discovery or application of new scientific principles, such as time travel or psionics, or new technology, such as nanotechnology, faster-than-light travel or robots, or of new and different political or social systems (e.g., a dystopia, or a situation where organized society has collapsed)
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URBAN FANTASY Fantasy elements faeries that reside in the real world which can include real life situations maybe faeries on a reality show partying all night, drinking and job in the morning and then doing all over the following night.

DYSTOPIA I never thought I would love this genre until I read the awesome series by the one and only…drum rock and roll Suzanne Collins HUNGER GAMES SERIES if you have not read these books you have either fell off planet or under a rock basically short version of what this genre is about are as follows.

A dystopia (from Ancient Greek: δυσ-: bad-, ill- and Ancient Greek: τόπος: place, landscape) (alternatively, cacotopia,or anti-utopia) is, in literature, an often futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian. Dystopian literature has underlying cautionary tones, warning society that if we continue to live how we do, this will be the consequence. A dystopia, thus, is regarded as a sort of negative utopia and is often characterized by an authoritarian or totalitarian form of government. Dystopias usually feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, a lack or total absence of individual freedoms and expressions and constant states of warfare or violence. Dystopias often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and how humans individually and collectively cope with technology that has evolved too quickly. A dystopian society is also often characterized by mass poverty and brutal political controls such as a large military-like police.

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