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A Foray into the World of Genre Fiction

I love fiction of all genres. Right now, I’m hauling a beat-up fantasy novel in my purse. I’ve read everything from Pride & Prejudice to Harry Potter, and I heartily agree with George R. R. Martin, who wrote in the introduction to Warriors, “Books should broaden us. . . expand our horizons and our way of looking at the world. Limiting your reading to a single genre defeats that. It limits us, makes us smaller.” Sure, it’s great to have a favorite genre. I naturally gravitate toward fantasy and historical fiction. But it’s also exciting to venture into undiscovered worlds of fiction.

To understand the breadth of genres, I researched and created an infographic detailing 5 main genres, and their associated sub-genres. Each word cloud contains elements of the main genre, and within each subgenre I’ve noted the various stylistic elements and publication examples. Of course, this is not a complete list. It could never be. Genres simply categorize publications, and provide basic plot ‘recipes’ to meet the expectations of readers. Many good stories are solidly planted within their genres, while others defy genre stereotypes. They all inspire the imagination. I hope this visual representation of genre styles serves as a beginner’s guide to the many genres of fiction. Happy reading!


The Styles of Genre Fiction by Amelia Shugar is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at https://ameliaturkette.com/2019/05/02/a-foray-into-the-world-of-genre-fiction/.

1 thought on “A Foray into the World of Genre Fiction”

  1. This is so wonderful! Thank you Amelia for creating and sharing this Styles of Genre Fiction infographic.
    Would you be open to publishing it under a Creative Commons license like this one?
    Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
    This would enable teachers like me to use and adapt this resource as long as we give you credit and license our work as CC/SA also. Thank you!

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