Romance Sub-Genres

SUBGENRES:

Action/Adventure
Antebellum (pre-Civil War America, especially pre-Civil War culture in southern states)
Apocalyptic (sub-genre of science fiction concerned with end of civilization)
BDSM (“bondage, discipline, submission, dominance”)
Bodice Ripper/Old School (written in the 1970’s – 1980’s)
Category Romances (AKA series romances; major publishers are Harlequin and Silhouette)
Chick-lit/Women’s Fiction (addresses issues of modern womanhood, sometimes humorously & lightheartedly; often involving family matters)
Classic (written at least 50 years ago; think Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, etc)
Contemporary
Dark Fantasy (a fantasy story with a pronounced horror element)
Dystopia (society in repressive & controlled state, often under guise of being utopian)
Early 20th Century/WW II (set from 1900-1950)
Erotica
Extraterrestrial
Fantasy
Frontier
Futuristic
Georgian Era [British history, after kings George I-IV (1714–1830)]
GLBT (“gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender”)
Gothic
Highlander
Historical
Horror
Humorous
Magical Realism (aesthetic style/genre fiction where magical elements blend with real world)
Medieval [5th to the 15th century (476-1453)]
Memoir
Multicultural/Interracial
Mystery
Non-fiction
Paranormal
Pre-Revolutionary War/Revolutionary War
Regency (UK between 1811—when the Prince Regent ruled by proxy—and 1820)
Religious or Inspirational
Roaring Twenties
Science Fiction
Speculative Fiction (hypothetical history, explanation, or ahistorical storytelling)*
Steampunk (link to Wikipedia definition)
Supernatural (ghosts, psyches, telekinesis, religious miracles, angels, witches)
Suspense
Victorian (Queen Victoria’s reign: June, 1837 until her death January, 1901)
Thriller
Time Travel
Tudor Period (usually refers to the period between 1485 and 1603, specifically in relation to the hx of England) **
Urban Fantasy (vampires, werewolves, zombies, shapeshifters)
Western -Historical (18th century to 1890; broadly stretches to end of Mexican Revolution, 1920)
World Lit/International
Young Adult

*Further explanation of Speculative Fiction & Tudor Period, according to Wikipedia:

Speculative Fiction: sweeps from ancient works to both cutting edge, paradigm-changing and neotraditional new works of the 21st century which cite their stories and images from ancient to future times. Speculative fiction can be recognized in works whose authors’ intentions or the social contexts of the versions of stories they portrayed…

**Tudor Period: This coincides with the rule of the Tudor dynasty in England whose first monarch was Henry VII (1457 – 1509). The term can be used more broadly to include Elizabeth I’s reign (1558 – 1603), although this is often treated separately as the Elizabethan era.