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Book Genres

First of all what is a genre?

Genre ; from French, meaning “kind” or “sort”,  is the term for any category of literature … based on some set of stylistic criteria. Genres are formed by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old ones are discontinued. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions (1).

A sub-genre is, quite simply, a sub-category of a book genre. For example, Detective Fiction is a popular sub-genre of the Crime Fiction genre. And the Crime Fiction genre is a sub-genre of the Fiction genre.(2).

With that out-of-the-way let us move on to the three main types of book genres you will encounter.

Types of Book Genres

#1 Fiction:

Books in the Fiction Genre deal with, in part or whole, information or events that are not real. The people, places, and circumstances are imaginary or theoretical, developed from the mind or ideas of the author. The stories are inventions or fabrication opposed to fact. Fiction Genre works are often found in the form of short stories or novels. The Fiction Genre is a base genre for all works of fiction; any other genre can be a work of fiction if some elements of the plot, stories, or characters are made up entirely by the author .

#2 Nonfiction:

Books in the Nonfiction Genre are made up of prose writing based on facts, real events, and real people. Books in this genre are based on true facts and information. They are narrative accounts or other communicative works that impart knowledge or information to the reader. Books in the nonfiction genre must contain only facts. And memories recalled, and recounted, as accurately as possible. The nonfiction genre includes sub-genres like memoir, autobiography, and narrative nonfiction.

#3 Children’s Books:

Children’s, or Juvenile, Literature includes fiction and nonfiction books for younger readers. That includes teenagers as well as children reading their first words, and everything in between. Sub-genres of the Children’s Book Genre include the Young Adult Genre, Middle Grade Genre, Juvenile Genre, Chapter Books Genre, and Picture Book Genre (2).

Including the three main types of book genres, and all the current sub-genres would take to long to list here, if want a full list go to, or

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