Understanding the Difference!

This was really exhausting!

I found myself in search of a definition of reading genres to better understand how authors and others define their books. I wanted this information so that I would be able to make more intelligent decisions about whether or not I was interested in reading certain books. This is what I found:


Traditional Literature ~ Stories that are passed down from one group to another in history. This includes folktales, legends, fables, fairy tales, tall tales, and myths from different cultures

Fantasy ~ A story including elements that are impossible such as talking animals or magical powers. Make-believe is what this genre is all about.

Science Fiction ~ A type of fantasy that uses science and technology (robots, time machines, etc.).

Realistic Fiction ~ A story using made up characters that could happen in real life.

Historical Fiction ~ A fictional story that takes place in a particular time period in the past. Often the setting is real but the characters are made up from the author's imagination.

Mystery ~ A suspenseful story about a puzzling event that is not solved until the end of the story.

Okay - I got it! But then I wanted to know more about what were referred to as  "Fiction Sub-genres"!

Romance ~ was defined as an element that can be included in any of the genres identified above. Some of those sub-genres are: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Inspirational/Christian Romance, Fantasy/Sci Fi Romance, and even Romantic Suspense/Action/Thriller. 

Erotica ~ Another sub-genre of romance is defined as a romance which features sex quite a bit more than normal romance. 

Two other genres that I often hear about are:

Christian ~ any novel which deals with Christian themes in a positive way. 

Inspirational ~ works that are normally written about or in support of some kind of spiritual belief.

This is not meant to be a "down and dirty absolute definition" of genres but just a little something to help you choose a good read!