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« on: June 26, 2019, 10:00:58 am »
What's missing from the following list of genres we KB indies are writing (ignoring subcategories unless they're significant). I'd like to put up a comprehensive "what's your genre?" poll that covers all of the bases:

Romance
Women's Fiction
Fantasy
LitRPG
Science Fiction
Dystopian
Adventure & Adventure
Contemporary Fiction
Erotica
Historical Fiction
Horror
Humor & Satire
Mythology
Religious & Inspirational
LGBT
Mystery
Religion & Spirituality
Teen & Young Adult
Travel
Urban Fantasy
Paranormal
Literary Fiction
Military Science Fiction
Self-Help, Business, Educational
Childrens
Thriller
Suspense


I did several searches via KB's search function and Google and couldn't find any previous "what's your genre?" polls (though I'm sure I saw one over the past few years).
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    Re: KBoarder's Various Genres
    « Reply #1 on: June 26, 2019, 10:06:56 am »
    Adventure & Adventure

    Of the two, I prefer Adventure.  :P

    In all honesty though, I think Urban Fantasy and Paranormal are likely as popular with indie writers here as some of the others listed, so you may want to include those.


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    « Reply #2 on: June 26, 2019, 10:21:16 am »
    Of the two, I prefer Adventure.  :P

    In all honesty though, I think Urban Fantasy and Paranormal are likely as popular with indie writers here as some of the others listed, so you may want to include those.

    Thanks. Added (though I wonder if "Urban Fantasy" should just be covered by "Fantasy").


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    « Reply #3 on: June 26, 2019, 12:37:34 pm »
    Literary fiction, though sometimes that overlaps with contemporary.

    Military science fiction is large enough to justify its own category. Especially with this crowd.

    And if you're including religion/inspirational, you should have self help/business/educational

    Mystery and thriller might need to be separate. Big difference between Agatha Christie and Jack Reacher. But I don't write either of those. Maybe what I think of as thriller falls more under action and adventure.

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    « Reply #4 on: June 26, 2019, 01:12:06 pm »
    Thanks. Added (though I wonder if "Urban Fantasy" should just be covered by "Fantasy").

    No, they're very different.

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    « Reply #5 on: June 26, 2019, 01:35:28 pm »
    Only a suggestion, but for indies and fiction I would divide things up a fair bit. For example a list similar to this:

    Contemporary
    Erotica
    LGBT
    African-American
    Sea Adventures
    Westerns
    Crime
    Cozy Mystery
    Detective/Police Procedural
    Serial Killer
    Psychological Thriller
    Technothriller
    Legal Thriller
    Political/Espionage
    Action/Adventure
    Epic Fantasy
    Military Fantasy
    Steampunk
    Superhero
    LitRPG
    Urban Fantasy
    Cyberpunk
    Dystopian
    Hard Sci-Fi
    Military Sci-Fi
    Romance Sci-Fi
    Space Opera
    Time Travel
    Clean Romance
    Historical Romance
    Paranormal Romance
    Romantic Comedy
    Humor/Satire

    Definitely not exhaustive, but I believe the above would better capture what a lot of indies here are writing as compared to your original list. Just my two cents.


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    « Reply #6 on: June 26, 2019, 01:58:56 pm »

    Definitely not exhaustive, but I believe the above would better capture what a lot of indies here are writing as compared to your original list. Just my two cents.

    I'm fine with broadening the list, but do we want "exhaustive" or "in the ballpark"? If I wrote techno-thrillers, I wouldn't be offended if the only genre for me to click was "thrillers".

    I don't care one way or the other. It could be interesting for a writer of techno-thrillers to know others here were writing techno-thrillers versus legal thrillers, etc.


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    « Reply #7 on: June 26, 2019, 02:18:50 pm »
    I'm fine with broadening the list, but do we want "exhaustive" or "in the ballpark"?

    Yes. Tough call, I don't know. You may have to post a poll about that before posting the main poll.  :D


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    « Reply #8 on: June 26, 2019, 10:20:30 pm »
    History
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    « Reply #9 on: June 27, 2019, 06:34:55 am »
    I would lean towards what categories Amazon lists as a starting point. From a practical perspective though, most of us would be in a niche market. It depends if you are trying to find out what people are actually writing vs what category they would need to be listed under.

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    « Reply #10 on: June 27, 2019, 09:21:53 am »
    I would kind of like to see both. One broad, one specific.
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    « Reply #11 on: June 27, 2019, 10:01:22 am »
    I would kind of like to see both. One broad, one specific.

    I'm leaning toward broad and "pick one". Once that's sorted, if one genre shows huge numbers, it might warrant a breakdown.

    Edit To illustrate Broad versus Specific:

    Science Fiction & Fantasy (Broad)

    Specific (from Amazon):

    Fantasy
    Action & Adventure
    Alternative History
    Anthologies & Short Stories
    Arthurian
    Christian Fantasy
    Classics
    Coming of Age
    Dark Fantasy
    Dragons & Mythical Creatures
    Epic
    Fairy Tales
    Gaslamp
    Historical
    Humorous
    LGBT
    Metaphysical & Visionary
    Military
    Myths & Legends
    New Adult & College
    Paranormal & Urban
    Romantic
    Superhero
    Sword & Sorcery
    TV, Movie, Video Game Adaptations
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    « Reply #12 on: June 27, 2019, 10:14:16 am »
    I'm fine with broadening the list, but do we want "exhaustive" or "in the ballpark"? If I wrote techno-thrillers, I wouldn't be offended if the only genre for me to click was "thrillers".

    I don't care one way or the other. It could be interesting for a writer of techno-thrillers to know others here were writing techno-thrillers versus legal thrillers, etc.

    I'd say if it's a category on Amazon or some other retailer, might as well add it.

    Post-apocalyptic checking in, btw. I may only be ankle deep in this genre, but I've seen a few others with zombies on their covers or something similar.

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    « Reply #13 on: June 27, 2019, 11:28:36 am »
    I'd say if it's a category on Amazon or some other retailer, might as well add it.

    Post-apocalyptic checking in, btw. I may only be ankle deep in this genre, but I've seen a few others with zombies on their covers or something similar.

    Yes, post-apocalyptic. How did I manage to leave it off the list I'd suggested? Yikes. It's an important and popular subgenre in the indie community, for sure.  8)


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    « Reply #14 on: June 27, 2019, 11:33:53 am »

    Post-apocalyptic checking in, btw.

    I'm just curious. Wouldn't that just fall under "dystopian"?


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    « Reply #15 on: June 27, 2019, 12:01:58 pm »
    I'm just curious. Wouldn't that just fall under "dystopian"?

    I tend to differentiate them as,

    Post-apoc: societal collapse
    Dystopian: societal overreach

    In the former, the system lay in ruins, while in the latter, the system is comprehensive to the point of oppressiveness and violence.

    Others may have better definitions.


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    « Reply #16 on: June 27, 2019, 12:26:35 pm »
    I tend to differentiate them as,

    Post-apoc: societal collapse
    Dystopian: societal overreach

    In the former, the system lay in ruins, while in the latter, the system is comprehensive to the point of oppressiveness and violence.

    Makes perfect sense. 1984 versus The Road. If I'd actually used my brain I might have sorted that out myself. lol.


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    « Reply #17 on: June 27, 2019, 01:02:41 pm »
    I tend to differentiate them as,

    Post-apoc: societal collapse
    Dystopian: societal overreach

    In the former, the system lay in ruins, while in the latter, the system is comprehensive to the point of oppressiveness and violence.

    Others may have better definitions.
    Real life examples would be:

    Dystopian - Nazi Germany;
    Post-apocalyptic - Europe after the Black Death.

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    « Reply #18 on: June 27, 2019, 06:00:48 pm »
    Makes perfect sense. 1984 versus The Road. If I'd actually used my brain I might have sorted that out myself. lol.

    No worries.  :)  I actually quite like both examples you used. I'm a fan of both 1984 and The Road, though I'm more a fan of Orwell's writing overall than McCarthy's.


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    Re: KBoarder's Various Genres
    « Reply #19 on: June 28, 2019, 05:47:48 am »
    I wish to heck there was a designation of Portal Fantasy, or what is called "Low Fantasy." I've been grouped in Urban, and that is really incorrect. The basic difference is, you've got your going into a fantasy world (via a device or portal) or a fantasy world coming into your contemporary existence. Could anyone agree on that?
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    « Reply #20 on: June 28, 2019, 08:31:51 pm »
    You might be stuck with 'Urban Fantasy' until there is enough mass to "justify" another sub-genre. Modifying the blurb / back of book will help with correct communication for the material.  :'(

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    Re: KBoarder's Various Genres
    « Reply #21 on: June 29, 2019, 10:37:08 am »
    Alternate History
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    « Reply #22 on: June 29, 2019, 11:15:41 am »
    Alternate History

    This is where it can get a little funky, as in when do you just stick to the broad category?

    AMAZON:

    Literature & Fiction
        <Genre Fiction
             <Historical Fiction

    African American
    Alternate History
    Ancient
    Biographical
    Christian
    Cultural Heritage
    Fantasy
    Jewish
    Medieval
    Military
    Mysteries
    Renaissance
    Short Stories & Anthologies
    Thrillers
    World War I
    World War II


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    « Reply #23 on: June 29, 2019, 05:03:51 pm »
    I'm thinking 'Historical Fiction', but what if that alternate history becomes SF? The whole "USA vs USSR" is still going on 3,000 years from now kind of thing. The blurb will help to communicate that, but how does one build that information into the category listing? Do you label your material as that genre first (Victorian, WWII, SF), then use book blurbs and secondary categories to communicate that it's an Alternate History novel? Ugh. (needs more coffee)

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    « Reply #24 on: October 04, 2019, 02:04:26 pm »
    Space opera? Or would that be a sub-cat? I know a publisher that calls for nothing but space opera. It's still a branch off though, maybe not big enough.
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