Monday, April 4, 2011

A Introduction to Our Genres

Books fit categories. Not all books fit all categories, just as not all books fit all people. In order to try to find the perfect fit for you and your new book club, we have created the handy genre system. Not only with special meet up posters and bookmarks, but also with handy labels for this here blog, so you can search for reviews of books in your favorite genres. So what are our genres you ask? Ask and you shall recieve.
fic•tion [fik-shuhn] – noun
1. the class of literature comprising works of imaginative narration, especially in prose form
2. the building blocks of literature
3. not real, not matter what you think

author examples: E.M. Forster, Nick Hornby, Nancy Mitford, Alexander McCall Smith
clas•sics [klas-iks] – noun
1. an artist or artistic production considered a standard
2. a work that is honored as definitive in its field
3. what your basic period drama is based on

author examples: Jane Austen, The Brontes Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Herman Melville, Edith Wharton
mod•ern clas•sics [mod-ern klas-iks] – noun
1. a work that is believed to be on the way to attaining classics status
2. a work written in the 20th century that is considered standard reading
3. doesn’t hurt your reputation to have been involved in a fist fight with another author
4. enigmatic heavy drinkers

author examples: Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut
con•tem•po•rar•y clas•sics [kuhn-tem-puh-rer-ee klas-iks] – noun
1. writing of the present time; modern, currently writing
2. a new work that may prove to endure
3. what the majority of the writing awards go to

author examples: Martin Amis, John Fowles, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith
po•et•ry [poh-i-tree] – noun
1. the art of rhythmical composition, written for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts
2. literary work in metrical form; verse
3. must be a consumptive and wander around in puffy shirts to be taken seriously

author examples: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lord Byron, Emily Dickenson, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth
wes•terns [wes-tern] – noun
1. a story about the U.S. West of the 19th century
2. outlaws are predominant
3. horsies

author examples: Zane Grey, Louis L'Amour, Larry McMurtry, Charles Portis
young a•dult [yuhng uh-duhlt] – noun
1. teenage literature(used especially by publishers and librarians)
2. the buying power in publishing today
3. the section of any bookstore filled with squealing girls

author examples: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, Sarah Dessen, Shannon Hale, Stephenie Meyer, Christopher Paolini, J.K.Rowling
mys•ter•y [mis-tuh-ree] – noun
1. a novel whose plot involves a crime or other event that remains puzzlingly unsettled until the very end
2. whodunit
3. butlers

author examples: Agatha Christie, Mary Higgins Clark, Michael Connelly, Elizabeth George, Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, Robert B. Parker, James Patterson, Dorothy L. Sayers
hor•ror [hawr-er] – noun
1. writing with an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear
2. the scary mysteries
3. how Stephen King has an income

author examples: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Peter Straub
ro•mance [roh-mans] – noun
1. a novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting
2. the colorful world, life, or conditions depicted in such tales
3. bodice-ripper
4. read these books with pride, the bestselling books worldwide

author examples: Diana Gabaldon, Georgette Heyer, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel
chick lit [chick lit] – noun
1. a genre of fiction concentrating on young working women and their emotional lives
2. addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously and lightheartedly
3. Bridget Jones is every woman, now where’s my Darcy?

author examples: Harriet Evans, Katie Fforde, Helen Fielding, Sophie Kinsella, Melissa Nathan
his•tor•i•cal fic•tion [hi-stawr-i-kuhl fik-shuhn] – noun
1. a novel set among actual events or a specific period of history; also called historical novel
2. the legitimate romances, because they are shelved in fiction
3. knee breeches located here

author examples: Sarah Dunant, Margaret George, Philippa Gregory, Gore Vidal, Sarah Waters, Lauren Willig
his•tor•y [his-tuh-ree] – noun
1. the record of past events and times, especially in connection with the human race
2. a drama representing historical events
3. elbow patches on jackets a must for readers

author examples: Shelby Foote, Gibbons, Norman Mailer, Plutarch
non•fic•tion [non-fik-shuhn] – noun
1. the branch of literature comprising works of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, opposed to fiction and distinguished from poetry and drama
2. supposedly real, though with today’s authors, you never know.
3. A bookclub for Deb Vogt

author examples: Rachel Carson, James Herriot, Jessica Mitford, Mary Roach, Paul Theroux
bi•og•ra•phy [bahy-og-ruh-fee] – noun
1. a written account of another person's life
2. totally subjective, especially if autobiography
3. makes you feel better about your life

author examples: Robert Caro, Chelsea Handler, Helene Hanff, David Maraniss, Julie Powell
trav•el [trav-uhl] – noun
1. journeys as the subject of a written account or literary work: a book of travels
2. places you have never, will never, and probably don’t want to visit

author examples: Anthony Bourdain, Bill Bryson, Graham Greene, Frances Mayes
sci•ence fic•tion [sahy-uhns fik-shuhn] – noun
1. a form of fiction that draws imaginatively on scientific knowledge and speculation in its plot, setting, theme, etc
2. there are no dragons

author examples: Douglas Adams, Issac Asimov, Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert
steam•punk [steem-puhngk] – noun
1. involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain
2. incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy
3. parasols are paramount

author examples: Gail Carriger, Cherie Priest, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells
fan•ta•sy [fan-tuh-see] – noun
1. an imaginative or fanciful work, especially one dealing with supernatural or unnatural events or characters
2. here be dragons
3. Lord of the Rings fanatics reside here (with the dragons)

author examples: George R. R. Martin, Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, Patrick Rothfuss, J.R.R. Tolkien
ur•ban fan•ta•sy [ur-buhn fan-tuh-see] – noun
1. sub-genre of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting
2. set in contemporary times and contains supernatural elements
3. where to look for vampires and werewolves

author examples: Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, Nicole Peeler, Kat Richardson, Jaye Wells

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