Sometimes understanding genres can be confusing. Especially when you are asked to choose 2 for your book. I am going to take some time to describe the Genres and Subgenres offered by Booknet. As mentioned in the previous chapter a genre is a broad term that translates from the French to mean 'kind' or 'type."
They're technically 4 categories of genres: Drama, Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry.
But here on Booknet things are broken down a little differently as they are trying to give you all the categories you would need to best list your book so it can be found by the reader who is looking for that 'kind' or 'type' of story. Think of it like indexing for a digital library.
So let's go through Booknet's list:
Recently they have added even more genres to the list so this is very exciting news for us writers.
Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.
A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.
An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love.
Romance novels may have any tone or style, be set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality—ranging from sweet to extremely hot. These settings and distinctions of plot create specific subgenres within romance fiction.
Billionaire Romance – used to be a trope* until 50 Shades of Grey caused it to become a trend in literature. Now it has its own place on the genre list. Billionaire Romances are stories where the main character, usually the male but can be female and is exceptionally rich. Normally, though they have amassed or were entitled to wealth they have a plethora of self-discovery still needed to make the character grow and capable of making a relationship work.
**Tropes are used for describing commonly recurring literary or rhetorical devices, motifs, clichés in creative works.
New Adult & College- Romances where the main characters are out of High School and in College or within the age range of 18 to 30 years of age.
Contemporary Romance - Are novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship.
Historical Romance - Romance novels that are set prior to 1950 that usually surround around a particular time or event in history.
LGBT Romance - Romance Novels where the main characters that fall in love are from the LGBT community.
Romantic Suspense - Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.
Paranormal Romance - Romance novels in which fantasy worlds or paranormal or science fiction elements are an integral part of the plot.
Inspiration Romance - Are novels in which spiritual beliefs are an inherent part of the love story, character growth, or relationship development; convey a positive message that cannot be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may be set in the context of any religious or spiritual belief system of any culture.
Contemporary Fiction Subgenres
Chick Lit - is a genre fiction that addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously and lightheartedly. The genre became popular in the late 1990s, with chick lit titles topping bestseller lists and the creation of imprints devoted entirely to chick lit. Although it sometimes includes romantic elements, chick lit is generally not considered a direct subcategory of the romance novel genre, because the heroine's relationship with her family or friends is often just as important as her romantic relationships.
Urban fiction - Also known as street lit or street fiction is a literary genre set in a city landscape; however, the genre is as much defined by the socio-economic realities and culture of its characters as the urban setting. The tone for urban fiction is usually dark, focusing on the underside of city living.
Young Adult Literature (YA) - is generally described as books written for an audience of 12 -18 years of age. Generally, dealing with children or children's issues from Grade School through High School. Although written primarily for young adults, a high percentage of readers of YA books are actually of adult age.
The subject matter and genres of YA correlate with the age and experience of the protagonist. The subgenres available in YA are expansive and include most of those found in adult fiction. Common themes related to YA include friendship, first love, relationships, and coming-of-age novels.
Young adult fiction is used to transition young readers from children's novels to adult literature.
Young Adult Subgenres
As mentioned above YA novel have pretty much the same expanse of subgenres that any adult fiction would have but for the purpose of what Booknet has to offer let me list their subgenres here: