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What's That Genre Mean? Part 4
Every item asks you to pick a genre, but there are so many! How can you tell one from the other?
Family: The items in this genre can range from advice on how to raise children, to talking about a family get together, to funny anecdotes about family times, to poetry dedicated to loved ones - there is so much that could fit in here. Family is something that most everyone can relate to, so it is a genre full of different kinds of items.
Fanfiction: This genre is unique in the fact that the characters are actually taken from existing books, movies, or television shows. The author then puts them in new or different situations, and takes over the characterization to describe how they believe the character might react. Also, situations can be changed - the characters pick a different lover, etc, and the author can describe how the situations would be different then. Often, these seem to turn a bit naughty and join with the Erotica genre, but not always.
Fantasy: Fantasy is often confused with Science Fiction, but they are in fact two very different genres. Fantasy tends to use magic or other supernatural items or situations to create their themes, settings, plots, characters, etc. Often times they are set in the medieval era, but they don't have to be. Bringing magic to the modern world would also qualify a book as Fantasy - Percy Jackson would be a good example of this.
Fashion: Ahh, the art of fashion! The items in this genre are likely to be articles, maybe even poems, talking about the fashion industry. They could touch on people hating fashion, people loving fashion, why fashion is important, what a person's fashion says about them, etc.
Finance: This genre should touch on things all about money. Probably mostly articles, maybe a few poems. (If someone knows of a great article on how to save money with no effort, pass it my way!)
Folklore: Folklore will often be based on culture, and be based around a hero. The hero could be of any kind, really - though the unlikely sort seem to be the most common. These are also, sometimes, called "Folk-tales", and there are many cultures that have some of their own. Some examples of American Folklore would be the stories about Pecos Bill, Brer Rabbit, Paul Bunyan, etc.
Food/Cooking: My favorite subject ever!! Food/Cooking is based all around food - recipes, stories about how food came about, growing food/gardening, etc.
Foreign: This one is a rather controversial (well, not bad controversial, but hard to place controversial) genre because not all of the users of WdC are from America. Usually, the term "foreign" would apply to anyone or any thing who is not from the same country you are.
Friendship: I believe much of the items in this genre which really apply would be heart-warming stories or poetry about those we consider our friends. I consider this genre much like the Family genre described above, except that there isn't always the blood relation. Sometimes, these two genres can be put together - often times those in our family can be our best friends, as well.
Gay/Lesbian:This genre could contain articles or opinions about the currently controversial topic of Gay/Lesbian Marriage/Rights, or it could contain stories or poems in which the lovers or the intended lovers are of the same gender, rather than the male/female that often fill romantic stories. I find that many of the items in this genre are also labelled with the Romance genre, which makes sense as it is (essentially) the same sort of topic.
Genealogy: This also ties with Family, though in a more bare-bones way. Genealogy focuses on the actual traits within a family, or tracing a family back as far as possible to find out family history, family crests, famous ancestors, etc.
Ghost: While this genre is often associated with spooky things, the Ghost genre doesn't have to be spooky. Ghosts can be presented in many manners, not just in hauntings. However, if it is in the Ghost genre, it definitely must have at least one ghost. Or perhaps even be an article about investigating spirits.
Gothic: Gothic stories are actually quite interesting - while many might associate it to the members of society who enjoy Gothic Rock music and perhaps even have a certain way of dressing to express themselves, it isn't necessarily the same. Gothic is another name for "Gothic Horror", which is a genre that specifically combines horror and romance.
This is one that was submitted back when I talked about "Comedy", and I am proud to put it into this newsletter! Without further ado...
Thank you for suggesting it, General PGT Beauregard !
And this one was suggested by Steve reviewing today! after changing the genre on the item to "Contest Entry" - Awesome!
And this one was suggested by E Ekström after the Action/Adventure description.
Now for the ones showcasing what we talked about in THIS newsletter.
This one was actually suggested in one of the past newsletters, and I saved it for today, because I knew I'd be covering the genre soon. It's an excellent example, and the absolutely wonderful story touches on some of my favorite literary characters.
(This one made me giggle. I admit it!)
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Mepaah says, "I would like to know, whether, there could be a stoy containing more than one genre?"
Oh, absolutely! WdC itself gives the opportunity to put three different genres, and I would say fill them all up! Make sure it is a genre that actually fits the item, however. With more genres in there, there are more people that might find your item by searching, and therefore more opportunities for your item to get exposure. Putting the wrong genre, however, might just make people close right back out after opening it - as it was not what they were looking for.
So if you have items covering multiple genres, by all means, put them all on there. Sometimes three doesn't seem to be enough, so just pick the genres that match the item the best.
I'd love to hear from you! If you have any items that you think fit the genres I put in this newsletter, or will fit in the next (simply look at the genre list, I am going in order), feel free to submit it to the newsletter and I'll do my best to get it in. If you have any questions, don't be shy, ask! If I don't know the answer, I'll definitely go looking for it for you.
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