Monday, February 04, 2008

Genre vs Subgenre

Can someone explain the difference? My understanding was that Romance was the genre of fiction and Romantic Suspense was the subgenre. Is that not right? I want to be able to use the words correctly and have intelligent conversations. So help me out here.

Made a little progress today. I don't really want to stop for the night, but I'm getting tired and I need to get some rest. First, I intend to have a cup of tea and to read the first chapter of Debra Webb's Traceless.

9 comments:

Kelly Boyce said...

That was always my interpretation re genre/subgenre.

Hope you enjoyed the cup of tea and the read. Sounds like a good way to spend an evening.

Lexi said...

Thanks, Kelly!

Yes, the tea and read were good. Of course, there aren't enough hours in the day to do all the reading and writing I want!

Nicole said...

That's how I always understood it too. Genre is Romance, subgenre is suspense/paranormal/contemporary/etc.

Lexi said...

Okay, so I guess I'm not crazy...well, not as crazy as I thought.

TJBrown said...

That's what I always thought... but what do I know?
Teri

monika_schulze said...

I'm not positive what the official meanings are, but I always understood it to be what you said. However, I think the terms can be used generally as well. Like the genre is paranormal and the subgenres are time travel, vampire, magic, shapeshifter, alternate universe, fantasy, etc... Maybe that's where the confusion arises?

Lexi said...

Teri, we can be in the "I didn't know I was that smart" club together!

Lexi said...

Now see, Monika, you're just trying to throw the rest of us off, aren't you????

Brenda Bradshaw said...

Err... (stares at Monica)...