Genre Descriptions

To eliminate confusion on what my definitions are for the various genres that I use, here are the descriptions, which are borrowed from Wikipedia:

Action/Adventure/SuspenseAction fiction is the literary genre that includes spy novels, adventure stories, tales of terror and intrigue (“cloak and dagger“), and mysteries. This kind of story utilizes suspense, the tension that is built up when the reader wishes to know how the conflict between the protagonist and antagonist is going to be resolved or what the solution to the puzzle of a thriller is.

Christian Fiction – A Christian novel is any novel that expounds and illustrates a Christian world view in its plot, its characters, or both, also seen in the Bible.[1] or which deals with Christian themes in a positive way.

Classic Fiction – Fiction that has become part of an accepted literary canon, widely taught in schools

General Fiction – For my classification, General Fiction is simply fiction that does not fit under any of the other genres

Fantasyfiction with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality

Historical – Historical fiction is a story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting

ParanormalParanormal fiction includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the speculative fiction genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.  Don’t expect to see any horror books on this site, though.  Time travel, characters with telekensis or other super powers, shape shifting stories all fall under this category.

Romance – “Love stories“, emotion-driven stories that are primarily focused on the relationship between the main characters of the story. Beyond the focus on the relationship, the biggest defining characteristic of the romance genre is that a happy ending is always guaranteed…[8][9] perhaps marriage and living “happily ever after”, or simply that the reader sees hope for the future of the romantic relationship.[9]

Clean Romance – no sexual acts are described, and the story is not overly sensual

Science Fiction – A story based on the impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets

Western – set in the American Old West frontier and typically set in the late eighteenth to late nineteenth century

Young AdultYoung adult fiction is appropriate for middle school or high school audiences and generally about teenagers