Talk:List of writing genres
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The sub genres of fantasy
It's all messed up. Sub genres fall generally into three parts of setting. Those are: time, place, and theme (as in general feeling of the setting). Thus Urban should not be set under contemporary. The rest of it is crossover, which is a whole 'nother way of doing it. The better way to separate the genres is this: Time, place, theme. Then you mention that *most* in the setting genre, *tend* to happen in these two other genres.
For example: Urban Fantasy *tends* to happen in Modern Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy and *sometimes* Futuristic fantasy. (Those are time periods. Historical Urban fantasy is rare, but possible. (I dare you to say it's not. I can so do it. Take Ancient Rome, put in magic, focus on Rome, done. Historical Urban fantasy.) Country fantasy can happen in any time period fantasy.
Paranormal can be set in Urban, but as in the case of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it has happened also in Suburban and Country (as in Bram Stoker's Dracula) Paranormal is a theme. It's not a place. It does not generally dictate a place. It's just happens that it's more convenient that it is set in a place. Paranormal only tells the feeling that the person will get out of reading the book.Rest of that is crossover genres, like Mystery fantasy, Science-Fantasy, which is a whole other part of genre classification. --Hitsuji Kinno (talk) 15:02, 23 October 2009 (UTC)
- Somebody has fixed it; thanks. For more reorg info, see "Criteria that define genres" on the Literary genre page.
- -- TimNelson (talk) 00:40, 16 November 2009 (UTC)
I did a major fixes in the Fiction category because 1. It was hard to read. 2. It was inaccurate 3. Some of the ways it was sorted were weird and didn't fit with any of the sources on said pages nor with the critics on said pages. This should make it much easier to work with and grow in the future.--Hitsuji Kinno (talk) 19:12, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
I proposed Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Metaphysical fantasy. I notified the creator of the article, but he rightly pointed out, that all tough he was the creator of the article, he spun it out from this list, so it seems appropriate that I put up a notification here as well. —Martijn Hoekstra (talk) 13:31, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
May be useful
There is no "dieselpunk" genre. It was made for a failed roleplaying game. "Dieselpunk" is called Pulp Fiction. Please remove the listing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 15:04, 9 January 2011 (UTC)
How is this possible? By definition, aren't novels fiction? Suggest this (and its subs) be deleted. Most of them are already covered under "Memoir" above, anyway.
--23:07, 11 August 2011 User:Bookgrrl
Full disclosure: I am the author of The Puzzle as a Literary Genre (niquette.com/books/sophmag/puz-lit.htm), which has received many thousands of visitors over the past three years. No surprise. A simple Internet search on "puzzle" turns up hundreds of millions of 'hits'. Nevertheless, the Talk Page for the Puzzle entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Puzzle) has shown no interest so far in this proposed new literary genre.
Permit me to call attention to a distinguished feature as described in the 2010 essay as follows: "Puzzles can be fiction but their solutions must be nonfiction!" It seems to me that an External Link or Reference link would be appropriate in this article or some other. Of course, I shall be pleased to support research on this subject by literary experts. Paul Niquette (talk)!~22.214.171.124 (talk) 16:46, 31 May 2013 (UTC)
Nonfiction categories a little bizarre
The nonfiction categories in "Genres and Subgenres" are dominated by "religious texts." There are 130 "religious text" topics compared to 22 others. Or, rephrasing, 85% of nonfiction genres are religious. This has the appearance of bias.
Several categories are buried in religious though they might be better outside--autobiography, biography, scientific writing, true crime (perhaps the last is an inside joke).
Many nonfiction genres don't make the list at all: law, nature writing, reference, self help, textbooks, travel writing.