The Never Ending List

Everyone has different favourites when it comes to genres, be it in a book or a movie or a game. Obviously this will focus on the book aspect of things, but it’s true. There’s so many genres out there. A lot of times it truly feels like a never ending list.

The type of genre a piece of writing is really depends on the author, and it should be known that several genres overlap with each other. I’ll make it pretty basic, though. I’ll try and keep it simple by listing some of the largest genres I know and my opinions/experiences on them.

…Okay, so this might not end up being as simple as I would hope.

Action/Adventure

Oh, boy, these ones can be real page turners. Anything that’s in the action/adventure genre is quick paced and drags you into the story whether you’re willing or taken kicking and screaming. Which, when I think about it is quite coincidental, because these stories do have a lot of kicking and screaming.

It’s also a really broad genre in itself. A lot of books I’ve read or written include some sort of action or adventure in it. Especially adventure. A lot of my works include traveling all over the place, encountering several foreign dangers, and just adventurous themes in general.

That being said, it’s hard to pin point anything that’s action/adventure and action/adventure alone. It’s just one of those things that mixes in well with just about everything. Like the next item on the list, for instance.

Sci-Fi

Star Wars, anyone? Science fiction is precisely that. Just science. Fiction.

Like the last genre, sci-fi can span over a wide amount of stories. It doesn’t just include aliens and laser guns and giant space adventures. Sci-fi deals with science and technology, often larger than life technology. Sometimes this even means time travel; which are fun types of stories yet often can be very annoying.

Actually, a lot of (unfinished and finished alike) sci-fi books that I have are about time travel. I like toying with the idea of a character going backwards and forwards in time because there’s so many possibilities with it. The way that a character can end up in another time period is always different.

Of course, when people say sci-fi I must admit that the first thing that comes to mind is aliens and laser guns and giant space adventures. I can’t help it.

Horror

So, this is a genre I usually stay away from. I scared myself just looking at the covers of R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps when I was little. Always the fun of having an overactive imagination; it doesn’t need a lot of inspiration to keep me awake at night.

Actually reading a horror book probably wouldn’t sit well with me, but many people enjoy it. It’s most likely the adrenaline rush or something. I don’t actually know. If being scared makes you happy, that’s great. I’ll just sit in the corner, reading about unicorns or something like that.

In all seriousness experience wise, if I tried to write a horror book, it would either not be very good or I would give myself nightmares. Most likely not the best idea.

Romance

Ha. Yeah, no. This is another genre I steer clear of. Sorry, I’m just not a romance fan. I’ll literally look away from the screen when people start kissing in a movie.

I’m well aware, though, that there’s many people who like romance novels. And a positive thing about these types of books is-it can be anywhere. The setting, the characters, the themes are limitless. Like time travel, there’s thousands of possibilities.

I’ve co-written a book with a friend that has a lot of romance, but besides that, I don’t write that kind of thing. If there is romance, there’s not a lot of it. Maybe a page or less touching down on the subject. I don’t really believe that a story requires romance to be good, so as long as I don’t enjoy writing it on a regular basis, it’s not going to happen.

Also, this is one of the reasons I don’t actually read a lot of books in the YA/Teen section. So. Many. Romance. Novels.

Historical Fiction

Usually all books need some level of research beforehand, but historical fiction? They have so much research shoved into them it’s insane. When I read a historical fiction, I’m amazed at all the information that would have been gathered. Some writers have people that do research for them, but still.

In short, historical fiction is a story that takes place in the past, generally at a significant point in time. Often the characters are the author’s own, and they choose the setting and what (or should I say when) it’s going on.

Personally, I don’t write historical fiction. I mentioned the level of research that needs to go into it, and that’s such a daunting task in my mind that it’s not usually a thought to attempt it. I’ve definitely read historical fiction, though. The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands? Masterpiece.

Mystery

The Thea Stilton series were my first chapter books. I adored them and all of their mysteries so much. What was going to happen? Who was the criminal? Would they catch them in time?

Mysteries can really keep the readers engaged. They’re the kind of books that make you think, and make you get involved with the story. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to fit the pieces of a mystery novel’s puzzle together.

Just as much as the reader has to think, I expect the writer has to think too. They need to know every inch of the mystery, and they have to know the clues that will lead to the outcome. Think of a mystery book you’ve read, or a mystery film you’ve watched recently, and just think of the planning that would have to go into it. Amazing, isn’t it?

Fantasy

I’m sure I have mentioned several times already how fantasy is my all time favourite genre. I love to read it, and I love to write it. Fantasy is wonderful for escaping the ordinary, and is quite a fun genre overall.

Fantasy is known for its world building (interesting settings and communities within their respective universes), magic, and generally something along the lines of wizards and dragons and fairies and whatnot, but not limited to that.

If you’re ever bored, fantasy spices things up. There’s so many things that can happen in a fantasy novel; the sky’s the limit. Well, you know, the limit is actusally much further as far as I’m aware.

 

There are definitely more genres than the ones I have listed above and, like I said, many of them overlap. It is extremely rare that a story has one genre alone. It could be fantasy/sci-fi, historical fiction/mystery, romance/horror (there’s a murderer chasing you, why are you kissing?!)… etc.

The never ending list, ladies and gentlemen. There are many many genres, and many many combinations. All a story takes is a little imagination.

Along with plot, conflict, character development, grammar, and lots of other things, but let’s just leave it at imagination.