11 Popular Book Genres Explained!

book genres explained

11 Popular Book Genres Explained!

Everything you wanted to know about different genres and which are the most popular!

 

Unsurprisingly, most readers prefer one genre over another but typically read multiple genres. However, finding your niche or which book genres you prefer to write can be a lot harder.

In the following article, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular book genres! Who knows, you might just find some inspiration to write outside the box and find your next favorite genre.

 

11 of the Most Popular Book Genres! (In no particular order!)

  1. True Crime – True crime books examine and explore actual crimes that have occurred, breaking down the events and examining them in further detail. While many true crime books focus on more well-known crimes, a lot delve into unsolved mysteries and typically build a great reader-focussed group that spins off well into podcasts and community groups.
  2. Action & Adventure – If you enjoy a lot of action, with the main character repeatedly finding themselves in risky and precarious situations, then action and adventure are the genres for you! One of the great things about the action and adventure book genre is that it crosses over with many other genres, including fantasy, sci-fi, crime, and mystery.
  3. Comic Books & Graphic Novels – Illustrations and narrative art bring the stories in comic books and graphic novels to life. This genre has a few different styles, but most utilize the classic text in the speech bubble look of panel comics.
  4. Detective, Mystery, & Crime – The plot of any crime, detective, or mystery book always revolves around a crime that must be solved or foiled! Agathe Christie, anyone?
  5. Fantasy – Typically set in a fictional world, most fantasy books include mythology, magic, witchcraft, wizardry, and supernatural elements. Think books like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. Readers of the fantasy genre indeed are impressed with their dedication to their favorite books and authors, and are a great way to build a community.
  6. Historical Fiction – There are some great historical fiction books and series which are typically based on actual historical events which occurred in the past. If you’re good at looking at events from an alternative perspective or imagining what would have happened if, then historical fiction could be the genre for you!
  7. Horror – These books will send shivers down your spine, especially if you’re reading them alone on a stormy night! The horror genre typically involves a lot of supernatural and paranormal elements and combines them with morbid stories and themes that prey on our deepest fears. Think of authors like Stephen King!
  8. Romance – The biggest book genre by far, romance books should typically make you feel warm and fuzzy but can often leave you shedding a tear. Romance has various sub-genres, including contemporary, historical, erotica, and paranormal. Mills and Boon, anyone?
  9. Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) – While many sci-fi books can cross into the genre of fantasy, most sci-fi books lean heavily into the future, technology, AI elements, science, and robots. A lot of dystopian and apocalyptic books fall under the sci-fi genre.
  10. Suspense & Thrillers – Suspense and thrillers often crossover with mystery, crime genres, and horror, with the main themes typically a hero trying to stop a villain to save their life rather than prevent something from occurring.
  11. Self-Help – Last but not least is the genre of self-help. From finances to spirituality, self-help books cover a wide sphere of different interests.

 

11 of Our Favorite Genres Explained – Conclusion

There you go, 11 of the most popular genres. What’s your favorite genre? As a reader or as an author? I’d love to know! Drop a comment below.

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