Genres/Themes

To clarify what is a Genre vs a Theme….

Genres are specific story types.  Horror, Comedy, Fantasy, etc. are all Genres.  Sometimes we don’t read from specific Genres.  Instead we will choose to read from a Theme such as “Books by Stephen King” or “NY Times Bestsellers”, or even “Books with Authors named ‘Jessie'”, and so on.

Genres We've ReadList of Genres & SubgenresFull List of ThemesVetoed GenresMember Poll

Genres / Themes we’ve read:

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Oct.2013 Horror
Nov.2013 Comedy
Dec.2013 Holiday Comedy
Jan.2014 Epic Fantasy
Feb.2014 Epic Fantasy
Mar.2014 NY times Bestseller
Apr.2014 Adult Vampire
May.2014 YA Dystopian
Jun.2014 Children’s
Jul.2014 Epic Fantasy
Aug.2014 Epic Fantasy
Sep.2014 Apocalyptic
Oct.2014 Stephen King – Author Spotlight
Nov.2014 Bizarro Fiction
Dec.2014 Classic Fem Lit
Jan.2015 John Grisham – Author Spotlight
Feb.2015 2014 Holiday Book Swap
Mar.2015 Multi-Media Franchise
Apr.2015 Oscar Nominated
May.2015 Classic Children’s
Jun.2015 Star Trek
Jul.2015 Pandemic
Aug.2015 True Crime
Sept.2015 Autobiographical Comedy
Oct.2015 YA-w/Abilities
Nov.2015 Spooky Mystery
Dec.2015 Bucket-list Classics Under 250pgs
Jan.2016 Banned Books
Feb.2016 Holiday Book Swap 2015 Gifted Books
Mar.2016 Reimagined Fairytales
Apr.2016 Norse Mythology
May.2016 James Patterson – Author Spotlight
Jun.2016 Classic Sci-Fi
Jul.2016 Zombie Horror
Aug.2016 Witches & Wizards

Full List of Fiction / Non-Fiction
Genres & Subgenres:

Fiction:

  • Adventure novel
    • Epic
    • Imaginary voyage
    • Lost World
    • Subterranean fiction
    • Men’s adventure
    • Milesian tale
    • Picaresque novel (picaresco)
    • Robinsonade
      • Apocalyptic robinsonade
      • Science fiction robinsonade
    • Sea story
  • Brit lit
  • Children’s literature
    • Young-adult fiction
      • Class S
      • Light novel
  • Comic novel
    • Black comedy
    • Parody
    • Romantic comedy
    • Satire
      • Picaresque novel
      • Political satire
  • Education fiction
    • Campus novel
      • Campus murder mystery
    • School story
    • Varsity novel
  • Experimental fiction
    • Antinovel
    • Ergodic literature
  • Erotic fiction
    • Erotic romance
    • Picaresque novel (picaresco)
    • Women’s erotica
  • Graphic novel
  • Historical fiction
    • Historical romance
      • Metahistorical romance
    • Historical whodunnit
    • Holocaust novel
    • Plantation tradition
    • Prehistoric fiction
    • Regency novel
      • Regency romance
    • Kontrafiction
  • Literary fiction
  • Literary nonsense
  • Mathematical fiction
  • Metafiction
  • Occupational fiction
    • Hollywood novel
    • Lab lit
    • Legal thriller
    • Medical fiction
      • Medical romance
    • Musical fiction
    • Sports fiction
  • Philosophical fiction
    • Existentialist fiction
    • Novel of ideas
    • Philosophical horror
    • Platonic Dialogues
  • Political fiction
    • Political satire
  • Pulp fiction
  • Quantum fiction
  • Religious fiction
    • Christian fiction
      • Christian science fiction
      • Contemporary Christian fiction
    • Islamic fiction
    • Jewish Fiction[3]
  • Saga
    • Family saga
  • Speculative fiction
    • Fantasy
      • By setting
        • Epic / High fantasy
        • Hard fantasy
        • Historical fantasy
          • Prehistoric fantasy
          • Medieval fantasy
          • Wuxia
        • Low fantasy
        • Urban fantasy
          • Paranormal romance
      • By Theme
        • Comic fantasy
        • Contemporary fantasy
        • Dark fantasy
        • Fantasy of manners
        • Heroic fantasy
        • Magic realism
        • Mythic
        • Paranormal fantasy
        • Shenmo fantasy
        • Superhero fantasy
        • Sword and sorcery
    • Horror
      • Body horror
        • Splatterpunk
      • Erotic
      • Gothic fiction
        • Southern Gothic
      • Psychological
      • Supernatural / Paranormal
        • Cosmic (Lovecraftian)
        • Ghost story
        • Monster literature
          • Jiangshi fiction
          • Vampire fiction
          • Werewolf fiction
        • Occult detective
    • Science fiction
      • Alien invasion
      • Post-apocalyptic
      • Cyberpunk derivatives aka Punk
        • Cyberpunk
          • Biopunk
          • Nanopunk
          • Postcyberpunk
        • Steampunk
          • Atompunk
          • Clockpunk
          • Dieselpunk
      • Dystopian
      • Hard science fiction
      • Military science fiction
      • Parallel universe aka Alternative universe
        • Alternative history
      • Scientific romance
      • Soft science fiction
      • Space opera
    • Speculative cross-genre fiction
      • Bizarro fiction
      • Dying Earth
      • Science fantasy
        • Planetary romance
          • Sword and planet
      • Slipstream
      • Weird fiction
        • New Weird
  • Suspense fiction
    • Crime fiction
    • Detective fiction
    • Gong’an fiction
    • Mystery fiction
  • Thriller
    • Mystery fiction
    • Legal thriller
    • Medical thriller
    • Political thriller
      • Spy fiction
    • Psychological thriller
    • Techno-thriller
  • Tragedy
    • Melodrama
  • Urban fiction
  • Westerns
  • Women’s fiction
    • Class S
    • Femslash
    • Matron literature
    • Romance novel
    • Yaoi
    • Yuri
  • Workplace tell-all
  • General cross-genre
    • Historical romance
    • Juvenile fantasy
    • LGBT pulp fiction
      • Gay male pulp fiction
      • Lesbian pulp fiction
      • Lesbian erotica fiction
    • Paranormal romance
    • Romantic fantasy
    • Tragicomedy

Non-Fiction

  • Biographical
  • Memoir
    • Autobiographical novel
    • Bildungsroman
    • Slave narrative
      • Contemporary slave narrative
      • Neo-slave narrative
    • Spiritual autobiography
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Diaries and journals
  • Erotic literature
  • Essay, treatise
  • Fable, fairy tale, folklore
  • History
    • Popular history
    • People’s history
    • Official history
    • Academic history
    • Narrative history
    • Whig history
    • Popular nonfiction
  • Letter
  • Religious text
    • Apocalyptic
    • Apocrypha
    • Apologetics
    • Autograph
    • Biography
      • Autobiography
    • Blessing
    • Canon
    • Chant
    • Commentary
    • Confession
    • Covenant
    • Creed
    • Critique
      • Canonical criticism
      • Form criticism
      • Higher criticism
      • Historical criticism
      • Lower criticism
      • Narrative criticism
      • Postmodern criticism
      • Psychological criticism
      • Redaction criticism
      • Rhetorical criticism
      • Socio-scientific criticism
      • Source criticism
      • Textual criticism
    • Cult literature
    • Curse
    • Didactic
      • Dialetic
      • Rabbinic
      • Aporiaic
      • Elenctic
    • Epistle
      • Pauline epistle
      • General epistle
      • Encyclical
    • Gospel
    • Homily
    • History
      • Narrative
      • Genealogy
      • Royal
      • Prophetic
    • Koan
    • Lament
    • Law
      • Ceremonial
      • Family
      • Levitical
      • Moral
      • Natural
      • Royal decree
      • Social
    • Lectionary
    • Liturgy
    • Manuscript
    • Morality play
    • Mysticism
    • Narrative
      • Erotic
      • Historical
      • Horror
      • Pilgrim
      • Mystery
      • Redemption story
    • Occult literature
    • Origin story
    • Parable
    • Prayer
    • Poetry
    • Philosophy
      • Philosophical theology
      • Philosophy of religion
      • Metaphysics
      • Religious epistemology
      • Hebrew poetry
      • Erotic
    • Prophecy
      • Blessing/Curse
      • Messianic prophecy
      • Divinitory
      • Oracle
        • Woe oracle
      • Predictive
      • Typology
      • Vision
    • Proverbs
    • Psalms
      • Confession
      • Imprecatory psalm
      • Lament
      • Liturgy
      • Pilgrim song
      • Praise
      • Prophecy
      • Royal psalm
      • Thanksgiving
      • Wisdom psalm
    • Revelation
      • Natural revelation
      • Special revelation
    • Scientific writing
    • Scripture
    • Sutra
    • Song
      • Dirge
      • Hymn
      • Praise
    • Testament
    • Theology
      • Apologetic theology
      • Bibliology
      • Biblical theology
      • Cosmology
      • Christology
      • Ecclesiology
      • Eschatology
      • Hamartiology
      • Pneumatology
      • Prolegomena
      • Mariology
      • Natural theology
      • Soteriology
      • Theology proper
      • Theo-mythology
    • True crime
    • Wisdom literature
    • Woe
    • Buddhist texts
      • Lotus Sutra
      • Tripitaka
    • Christian literature
      • Apocrypha
      • Encyclical
      • New Testament
      • Old Testament
      • Patristic
        • Anti-Nicene
        • Post-Nicene
      • Pseudepigripha
    • Hindu literature
      • Vedas
      • Bhagavad Gita
    • Islamic literature
      • Quran
      • Haddith
    • Jewish literature
      • Torah
      • Nevi’im
      • Ketuvim
      • Talmud
      • Kabala
    • Occult
      • Incantation
      • Spell
  • Philosophy

This full genres list came from the wikipedia page List of Writing Genres.

Full List of Novel-Themes

BBN Theme Ideas:

General Themes:

  • Space Travel
  • Translated Into English
  • Spoofs Of Classics Like Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
  • Fairytale Retellings
  • Other Worlds
  • Holiday Romance?

Protagonist:

  • Villain Protagonist
  • Royal Protagonist
  • Alien Protagonist
  • Main Character Has Special Abilities
  • Convict’s Prison Memoir Such As Orange Is The New Black
  • Protagonist’s Name = Member’s Celeste, Taja, Stephanie, Etc.
  • Ya Fallen Angels

Title Keywords:

  • Time Titles
  • Animal Titles
  • Member’s Names In The Title We Could Do This Maybe On A Member’s Birthday Month…
  • Body Parts In The Title

Book Covers:

  • Judge A Book By Its Cover Really Pretty Book Covers
  • Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover Really Ugly Book Covers
  • Covers With Women In Dresses Such As Fallen By Lauren Kate
  • Covers With Lock / Key Such As Incarceron
  • Cover Of Certain Colors
  • Book Cover Look-Alikes Book Cover Clones Of Old Favorites

Author Characteristics:

  • Debut Author First And Only Book Out By New Authors
  • Author Spotlight
    • Stephen King
    • Clive Barker
    • Dean Koonz
    • Kurt Vonugut
    • James Patterson
    • Danielle Steel
  • Books Published Under Pen Name Famous Authors Like Robert Bachman (Stephen King) Or Robert Galbraith (Jk Rowling)

Pop-Culture & Social:

  • Over-Hyped Titles “I’ve Heard Of That One!”
  • Movie Novelizations
  • Guilty Pleasure Reads “I Won’t Admit To Liking That”
  • Well-Known Stories (Movies,Tv) “I Didn’t Know That Was A Book!”
  • Banned Books

Holiday Months:

February
  • Love Themes
  • Romance
  • Themes With Red / Pink
  • Themes With Obsession
  • Themes With Cupids
  • Themes With Matchmaking
  • Ya Romance
October
  • Horror
  • Classic Horror
  • Modern-Classic Horror
  • Macabre
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves
  • Books With Orange
  • Books With Pumpkins
  • Themes With Devils
  • Themes With Hell
  • Themes With Revenge
December
  • Christmas
  • Other Religious Holidays
  • Themes With Trees
  • Themes With Red / Green
  • Themes With St. Nicolas / Santa
  • Themes With Magic
  • Themes With Elves
  • Themes With Snow Or Winter
  • Book With “December” In The Title
  • Book With “Winter” Or “Snow” In The Title

Novel-Themes from the Web:

Alphabetized Story Themes:

  • Alienation – creating emotional isolation
  • Beauty of simplicity
  • Betrayal – fading bonds of love
  • Birth – life after loss, life sustains tragedy
  • Capitalism – effect on the individual
  • Change of power – necessity
  • Change versus tradition
  • Chaos and order
  • Character – destruction, building up
  • Circle of life
  • Coming of age
  • Coming of age – boy becomes a man
  • Communication – verbal and nonverbal
  • Companionship as salvation
  • Conformity – industrialization and the conformity of man
  • Convention and rebellion
  • Dangers of ignorance
  • Darkness and light
  • Death – death as mystery, death as a new beginning
  • Death – inevitable or tragedy
  • Deception – appearance versus reality
  • Desire to escape
  • Destruction of beauty
  • Discovery – conquering unknown, discovering strength
  • Disillusionment and dreams
  • Displacement
  • Duty – the ethics of killing for duty
  • Empowerment
  • Emptiness of attaining false dream
  • Escape – escape from family pressures, escaping social constraints
  • Everlasting love
  • Evils of racism
  • Facing darkness
  • Facing reality
  • Fading beauty
  • Faith versus doubt
  • Family – blessing or curse
  • Family – destruction of family
  • Fate and free will
  • Fear of failure
  • Female roles
  • Fortune – a fall from grace and fortune
  • Fulfillment
  • Generation gap – experience versus youthful strength
  • God and spirituality – inner struggle of faith
  • Good and evil – the coexistence of good and evil on earth
  • Good versus bad
  • Greed as downfall
  • Growing up – pain or pleasure
  • Hazards of passing judgment
  • Heartbreak of betrayal
  • Heroism – false heroism, heroism and conflicting values
  • Heroism – real and perceived
  • Hierarchy in nature
  • Home – security of a homestead
  • Hope – hope rebounds
  • Hopelessness – finding hope after tragedy
  • Identity crisis
  • Illusion of power
  • Immortality
  • Individual versus society
  • Individualism – choosing between security and individualism
  • Injustice
  • Inner versus outer strength
  • Isolation
  • Isolation – the isolation of a soul
  • Isolationism – hazards
  • Journey – most journeys lead back to home
  • Judgment – balance between justice and judgement
  • Knowledge versus ignorance
  • Loneliness as destructive force
  • Losing hope
  • Loss – loss of innocence, loss of individualism
  • Loss of innocence
  • Lost honor
  • Lost love
  • Love – love sustains/fades with a challenge
  • Love and sacrifice
  • Man against nature
  • Manipulation
  • Materialism as downfall
  • Motherhood
  • Names – power and significance
  • Nationalism – complications
  • Nature as beauty
  • Necessity of work
  • Oppression of women
  • Optimism – power or folly
  • Overcoming – fear, weakness, vice
  • Patriotism – inner conflicts stemming from patriotism
  • Patriotism – positive side or complications
  • Peace and war – war is tragic, peace is fleeting
  • Power – Lust for power
  • Power and corruption
  • Power of silence
  • Power of tradition
  • Power of wealth
  • Power of words
  • Pride and downfall
  • Progress – real or illusion
  • Quest for discovery
  • Quest for power
  • Race relations – learned racism
  • Rebirth
  • Reunion
  • Role of men
  • Role of Religion – virtue or hypocrisy
  • Role of women
  • Self – inner and outer
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-preservation
  • Self-reliance
  • Sense of self – finding strength from within
  • Social mobility
  • Suffering – suffering as a natural part of human experience
  • Survival – man against nature
  • Technology in society – good or bad
  • Temporary nature of physical beauty
  • Temptation and destruction
  • Totalitarianism
  • Vanity as downfall
  • Vulnerability of the meek
  • Vulnerability of the strong
  • War – glory, necessity, pain, tragedy
  • Will to survive
  • Wisdom of experience
  • Working class struggles
  • Youth and beauty

Vetoed Genres

The genre the Book of the Month is selected by the attendees of the previous month’s meeting.

Fabio Cover…. Fabi-NO

If no genre is selected, or agreed upon, Taja will make a random decision that month for the poll. Genres for holiday months are sometimes, but not always, holiday themed.

Our Genres will be primarily Fiction. Our founding members ruled out the genres below. These are the genres that the whole group agreed were unfavorable and not worth our time. Some are due to preference but others are in favor of neutrality and to avoid potentially awkward group dynamics.

Our recent member poll (April 2016) shows that we (our new members, all) are still like-minded to the original vetoed list below.. though military & political books weren’t really voted on in either respect.

• Military Fiction (because, just… why?)
• Military Non-Fiction (no history books, ladies)
• Uber-Cheesy Romance Novels (…no Fabio book covers)
• Graphic Erotica & Smut (You can call this a Hard-Limit)
• Historical Non-Fiction (No history books, remember?)
• Political Non-Fiction (Duh.. debates avoided)
• Religious Non-Fiction (Duh…)
• How-To books (because,… these aren’t stories)
• Cook Books (seriously..?)
• Life Manuals, etc.  (No one needs to be told how to live)
• Western Fiction (This was just generally vetoed since no members like this genre..)
• Western Non-Fiction (..or this one)

Member Polls:

Favorite Genres:

What are your favorite Genres?
  • 21.28%

  • 17.02%

  • 17.02%

  • 8.51%

  • 8.51%

  • 8.51%

  • 8.51%

  • 4.26%

  • 2.13%

  • 2.13%

  • 2.13%

  • 0%

  • 0%

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Disliked Genres:

What Genres do you Least like, and are most likely to want to veto?
  • 14.58%

  • 14.58%

  • 12.5%

  • 10.42%

  • 8.33%

  • 8.33%

  • 8.33%

  • 8.33%

  • 6.25%

  • 4.17%

  • 2.08%

  • 2.08%

  • 0%

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