Best Genres of Fiction

I've tried to encompass as genres as possible, regardless of my personal preference, but if your favourite is missing, please add it. Some books, however, are just undefineable.

The Top Ten

1 Mystery

Dickson Carr is masterclass

The point-of-view characters are typically one or more detectives, professional or amateur, and the mystery is (supposedly) solvable by the reader. Classic examples are the works of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. - PetSounds

Greatest genre!

Yes, I agree. And many thanks, PetSounds, for complimenting me on my books. My books are so under-rated these days. I'm not trying to be a snob, but Holmes sucks.
See ya dudes,
Your favorite author. - AgathaChristie

2 Fantasy

I've read every Narnia book, almost every Percy Jackson book, I'm working on LOTR.. I guess I do read a lot of fantasy.

I've Always Enjoyed Fantasy! Harry Potter, Narnia, Lord Of The Rings, etc; - Beatlesboy9

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy popularized fantasy. Now, it seems anything containing the word werewolf or vamire sells millions of copies. - PetSounds

3 Romance

My favorite! I love love and romance I think every good story has some kind of romance! This is also the only genre I like to write. - happyhappyjoyjoy

I do not usually read this genre, however, my mother's favourites are Jane Austen's novels. - PetSounds

Love romance sooo lovey and sexy

4 Thriller

Although Agatha Christie is my favourite author and writes in the mystery genre, a combination of crime and thriller is my genre of choice. Any novel by Brit authors, Peter James or Martina Cole or Canadian author Chevy Stevens are perfect for a tense, on-the-edge-of-your-seat read. - Britgirl

Also known as suspense, this genre can encompass elements of mystery, horror, and just about any genre. Generally, it puts the reader on the edge of his or her seat. - PetSounds

Obviously I choose this because of Ag. Chr. , but Wodehouse is simply awesome as well! - HezarioSeth

5 Humour

Humour can, of course, be infused with any other genre on this list. My favourite example of this is The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Well, why wouldn't it be? - PositronWildhawk

Sy-Fy humour thriller romance
#win. - MoldySock

P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster novels and short stories are my favourites of this genre. I highly recommend them to anyone who does not mind uncontrollable laughter. - PetSounds

6 Adventure

A rather broad genre which can encompass elements of many others and contains many subgenres, it typically involves exotic locations. Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is the epitome of an adventure story. - PetSounds

My favourite genre is mystery. But it's well placed so I'll vote for this one. Basically adventure novels are great and have a lot of imagery. - Kiteretsunu

Adventure is a great genre I don't read many books (i know I'm horrible)
But if it's an adventure it's gonna drag me in! - Curti2594

7 Allegory

George Orwell's Animal Farm, for example. - PetSounds

8 Coming-of-age

J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, for instance. - PetSounds

9 Science Fiction

Typically involves what COULD happen IF... - PetSounds

10 Horror

Most often intended to frighten the reader and keep him or her awake at night. I rarely read horror, but it remains popular regardless. - PetSounds

The Contenders

11 Drama
12 Crime
13 Historical

Case in point: The Scarlet Pimpernel.

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