If you don't know about #InkRipples yet, here's what the meme is all about.
The topic changes every month and Tropes is the one for March. I've got to look this one up too.
Now, here's what I discovered about genres. From Wikipedia:
Genre is a label that characterizes elements a reader can expect in a work of literature. The major forms of literature can be written in various genres. Genre is a category characterized by similarities in style, or subject matter.
The classic major genres of literature are:
- Realistic fiction
- Romance novel
Common genres: fiction:Subsets of genres, known as common genres, have developed from the archetypes of genres in written expression.
- Classic – fiction that has become part of an accepted literary canon, widely taught in schools
- Crime/detective – fiction about a crime, how the criminal gets caught, and the repercussions of the crime
- Fable – narration demonstrating a useful truth, especially in which animals speak as humans; legendary, supernatural tale
- Fairy tale – story about fairies or other magical creatures
- Fan fiction – fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, movie, or book
- Fantasy – fiction with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality
- Fiction in verse – full-length novels with plot, subplot(s), theme(s), major and minor characters, in which the narrative is presented in verse form (usually free verse)
- Fiction narrative – literary works whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact
- Folklore – the songs, stories, myths, and proverbs of a people or "folk" as handed down by word of mouth
- Historical fiction – story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting
- Horror – fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread and sometimes fear in both the characters and the reader
- Humor – Usually a fiction full of fun, fancy, and excitement, meant to entertain and sometimes cause intended laughter; but can be contained in all genres
- Legend – story, sometimes of a national or folk hero, that has a basis in fact but also includes imaginative material
- Magical realism – story where magical or unreal elements play a natural part in an otherwise realistic environment
- Meta fiction – also known as romantic irony in the context of Romantic works of literature, uses self-reference to draw attention to itself as a work of art, while exposing the "truth" of a story
- Mystery – this is fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets
- Mythology – legend or traditional narrative, often based in part on historical events, that reveals human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism; often pertaining to the actions of the gods
- Mythopoeia – fiction in which characters from religious mythology, traditional myths, folklore and/or history are recast into a re-imagined realm created by the author
- Picture book – picture storybook is a book with very little words and a lot of pictUures, picture stories are usually for little kids
- Realistic fiction – story that is true to life
- Science fiction – story based on the impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets
- Short story – fiction of such brevity that it supports no subplots
- Suspense/thriller – fiction about harm about to befall a person or group and the attempts made to evade the harm
- Tall tale – humorous story with blatant exaggerations, such as swaggering heroes who do the impossible with nonchalance
- Western – set in the American Old West frontier and typically set in the late eighteenth to late nineteenth century
UNDER A PURPLE MOON
Realistic Fiction (Story that is true to life.) And here I've been calling it Contemporary Fiction. I learn something every day.
A FAMILY FOR LEONA
Historical Fiction (a story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting.) This is partly true. My main characters are real, with name changes, and the events actually happened, though a bit differently than in my story, which makes it fiction.
Now, I'm curious about my other books. Off to take a look at them.
How about you? What genre are your novels and stories written in?
Do you read the same genre you write?
If you're a reader and not a writer, why do you choose certain genres to read?
Yes, I'm full of questions. I want to learn more about genres.
Happy Reading and Writing.