3.1 Categories of fiction
crime psychological thriller action thriller realism magic realism dirty realism romance historical legal thriller gothic science fiction humour fairy tale gay fiction family saga political maximalist
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.