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3 Genre

3.1 Categories of fiction

A genre is a particular type or category of fiction. It can apply to both the long and short form (novel and short story/novella, respectively). It's impossible to give an exhaustive list, but it includes:

Note how readily these genres might overlap. They are not mutually exclusive. Most pieces of fiction contain glancing aspects of many different genres. Genres also overlap, and within any one genre there are often a number of sub-genres. For example, ‘crime’ is a genre, ‘East End gangster crime’ is a sub-genre; ‘romantic fiction’ is a genre, ‘historical romance’ is a sub-genre.

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