Novels are written in a variety of styles, with each author bringing their own distinct voice to the table. Although there are many additional genres (and mash-ups of genres) out there, there are a few big subgenres that tend to take up a large share of the market. Some of the primary categories of books you should be aware of include:
Novels of intrigue
A crime must be solved in a mystery novel, which is usually a murder but not necessarily. In the classic style, the protagonist will be a detective, either professional or amateur, who will be surrounded by a cast of individuals who will either aid solve the case or will be suspects. The investigator will sift through information, including false leads and red herrings, to solve the crime during the course of the storey. The Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels, and Agatha Christie’s novels are among the best-known mystery novels of all time. The world’s best-selling mystery novel is Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Science fiction and fantasy, both of which deal with speculative world creation, are two of the most popular novel genres. The distinctions between science fiction and fantasy are frequently blurred, but in general, science fiction imagines a world that is different because of technology, whereas fantasy imagines a world that is different because of magic. Early science fiction featured works by Jules Verne and lasted through George Orwell’s iconic masterpieces like 1984; nowadays, science fiction is a very popular genre. The Lord of the Rings series, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Harry Potter are some of the most well-known fantasy novels in Western literature, and they owe their origins to European epic literature.
Novels in the horror/thriller genre
Thriller novels are frequently mixed with various genres, most notably mystery and science fiction. The defining quality of these novels is that they are frequently written to elicit feelings of fear, suspense, or psychological horror in the reader. The Count of Monte Cristo (a revenge thriller) and Heart of Darkness (a psychological/horror thriller) were two early examples of this genre. Stephen King’s novels could serve as more recent examples.
The idea of passionate love as an end goal, the occasional scandal, and deep emotions at the core of it all are all aspects that contemporary romance books have in common with “romances” of the past. Today’s romances, on the other hand, are more concentrated on conveying a storey about characters falling in love romantically and/or sexually. They frequently follow very particular frameworks and are almost always needed to have a positive or “happy” conclusion. In the United States, romance is currently the most popular literary genre.
Fiction set in the past
Historical fiction, as the name implies, is a fictional storey set during a genuine period in human history. Historical fiction can take the form of fictional (or semi-fictional) stories about genuine historical persons, or it can take the form of totally creative characters inserted into real-life events. Ivanhoe, A Tale of Two Cities, Gone with the Wind, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are all classic works of historical fiction.
Fiction that is realistic
Realist fiction, simply said, is fiction that avoids heightened genre or style in order to present a storey that “might” happen in the real world. The emphasis is on accurately portraying reality without romanticization or creative flourishes. Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Honoré de Balzac, Anton Chekov, and George Eliot are among the most well-known realism novelists.