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Types of Subgenres

Action and Adventure
Action and Adventure

The action-adventure video game genre includes video games that combine core elements from the action and adventure genres. With the decline of the adventure game genre from mainstream popularity, the use of the term (and the hybrid term "action-adventure") has been more liberal.

Drama
Drama

Dramatic Sub-Genres. Ever since Aristotle’s Poetics, one distinguishes at least between two sub-genres of drama: comedy and tragedy (see also Genre in Basic Concepts).

General Cross-Genre
General Cross-Genre

There are many sources that help readers find and define literary fiction and genre fiction. Genres and subgenres. Some genres listed may reappear throughout the list, indicating cross-genre status. [citation needed]

Horror
Horror

This sub-genre is the closest to thriller as horror gets. Crime usually follow police investigation, wherea Giallo describes the waves of horror-crime movies that became really popular in Italia in the 80’s with films from Mario Bava or later Dario Argento.

Matron Literature
Matron Literature

Matron literature (also known as hen lit) is a literary genre which focuses on older female characters as protagonists. The genre has increased in popularity as the baby boomers have aged and female readers have sought characters to identify with.

Mystery
Mystery

Another flourishing mystery subgenre is set in Elizabethan England. Kathy Lynn Emerson's "Face Down" series is one example. The hero of Edward Marston's "Nicholas Bracewell" series is a theater company manager. A few 'historical whodunits' cast famous individuals as the investigator.

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Romance
Romance

Romance Subgenres. All romance novels have a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending. Beyond that, however, 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.

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Satire
Satire

Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into improvement.

Science Fiction
Science Fiction

Science fiction (often shortened to Sci-Fi or SF) is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, spaceflight, time travel, and extraterrestrial life.

Self Help
Self Help

Self-help or self-improvement is a self-guided improvement —economically, intellectually, or emotionally—often with a substantial psychological basis. Many different self-help group programs exist, each with its own focus, techniques, associated beliefs, proponents and in some cases, leaders.

Suspense Fiction
Suspense Fiction

Suspense is the element of both fiction and some nonfiction that makes the reader uncertain about the outcome. While most obvious in mystery stories such as those published in Ellery Queen”s Mystery Magazine or Alfred Hitchcock”s Mystery Magazine, suspense is present in all good fiction.

Thriller Mystery Fiction Legal Thriller Medical Thriller
Thriller Mystery Fiction Legal Thriller Medical Thriller

Thriller is a broad genre of literature, film and television, having numerous, often overlapping subgenres. Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety. Successful examples of thrillers are the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Tragedy Melodrama
Tragedy Melodrama

Tragedy, branch of drama that treats in a serious and dignified style the sorrowful or terrible events encountered or caused by a heroic individual.

Urban Fiction
Urban Fiction

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.

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Westerns
Westerns

The Western is a genre of various arts which tell stories set primarily in the later half of the 19th century in the American Old West, often centering on the life of a nomadic cowboy or gunfighter armed with a revolver and a rifle who rides a horse.

Workplace Tell-all
Workplace Tell-all

Genre categories: fiction and nonfiction A Genre may fall under one of two categories: fiction and non-fiction. Any genre can be either a work of fiction (nonfactual descriptions and events invented by the author) or a work of nonfiction (a communication in which descriptions and events are understood to be factual).

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