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  • Action/Adventure

    17 13.28%
  • Children/YA

    24 18.75%
  • Christian/Spiritual

    3 2.34%
  • Fantasy

    67 52.34%
  • Historical

    19 14.84%
  • Horror

    21 16.41%
  • Humor/Quirky

    12 9.38%
  • Literary

    19 14.84%
  • Mainstream/Contemporary

    27 21.09%
  • Mystery

    12 9.38%
  • Paranormal

    25 19.53%
  • Romance/Erotica

    21 16.41%
  • Science Fiction

    34 26.56%
  • Thriller/Suspense

    15 11.72%
  • Western

    1 0.78%
  • Women's

    8 6.25%
  • Other (explain)

    6 4.69%
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    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
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    What's your genre?

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    Ooops! I forgot Orlando Bloom.
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    Personally, I strive for literary, but end up falling into mainstream/contemporary, often with one of a couple of twists: mystery, crime or women's. So I ticked off a few genres. I write short stories and like to experiment so they come out all sorts of ways.

    Good poll. I'm interested to see the results.

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    I ticked five!
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    Tough chicks beating up big men and giant monsters.

    I ticked fantasy and action-adventure.

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    What's the difference between fantasy and paranormal?

    And I still wondeer about the difference between mystery and thriller/suspence.

    And couldn't something that's fantasy also be action/adventure?
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    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
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    What's the difference between fantasy and paranormal?
    No idea. I've been told there is one.

    And I still wondeer about the difference between mystery and thriller/suspence.

    I know that one. In a mystery, you don't know who the bad guy is; the point is to find out. Thriller/suspense, you DO know, and the point is to escape his clutches or defeat his diabolic plans.


    And couldn't something that's fantasy also be action/adventure?
    That's why we have multiple choices. If you write cross-genre, then tick both. I have a suspense story that is also women's and mainstream, so I ticked all three for that book. I have historical mixed with women's - same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow_Ferret
    What's the difference between fantasy and paranormal?
    To me, Fantasy encompasses the Lord of the Rings type stuff, while Paranormal covers vampires, werewolves, ghosts and things that go *bump*.

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    Not to be a pain, but that genre is "urban fantasy." No?

    I'll just tick everything that I think applies, even though in my mind a lot of it is subgenre's of fantasy.
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    What? No smut? You're gonna make some poor slob explain "other"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow_Ferret
    What's the difference between fantasy and paranormal?
    Fantasy is a larger, blanket genre that includes paranormal. Paranormal uses elements of the unknown, such as ghosts, vampires, were-beasts, Psi-powers, shapeshifters, etc...

    It seems for the purpose of this poll, Fantasy is being used as a catch-all for High Fantasy. That is, your more traditional Narnia or LOTR-type novels. Magic, sword-and-sorcery, dragons, etc...


    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow_Ferret
    And couldn't something that's fantasy also be action/adventure?
    Yes, so if you write both, check both. However, you can have action/adventure without fantasy.
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    Urban fantasy and paranormal are somewhat interchangeable. Both are a sub-genre of Fantasy. I call what I write both, depending on the mood I'm in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vrabinec
    What? No smut? You're gonna make some poor slob explain "other"?
    Well, you can anyway see who voted what. Just click on the number of voters for any one of the genres.
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    My WIP is Romance though I want to attempt humor/quirky. I checked Romance since I havenít written humor unless you consider some of my posts humorous. At least they make me laugh, so I found an audience.

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    I write mainstream/contemporary mostly, but also write children's and young adult. Great poll Aruna!

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    Tossed in fantasy, sci fi and paranormal for myself, which is consistently true, even though in some cases those elements might be buried fairly deep. Might have put in action/adventure, but I don't do the pulse-pounding Crichton pace. Might have put in literary, but aspirations are not always equivalent to output.
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    I'm surprised there aren't more romance writers. That's the most popular genre.
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    Perhaps they're busy writing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HConn
    I'm surprised there aren't more romance writers. That's the most popular genre.
    That's what I thought.
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    Great poll, Aruna! I hope everyone on AW takes it. It'll be fascinating to see the genre spread here.

    I had to pick two. I like that paranormal is separate. Also, where can I find the Orlando Bloom genre?

    (Of course, in general I describe what I do thusly: I make stuff up.)

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    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
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    And as we suspected, Fantasy is way out front. I'm sure we have more romance writers here. And I'm surprised at the lack of thriller/suspense writers considering this is such a big-selling genre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swvaughn
    Great poll, Aruna! I hope everyone on AW takes it. It'll be fascinating to see the genre spread here.
    Well, not all Awers write fiction but it is really nice to see what everyone DOES write. The poll tuns for a month; I think I shoud have left it open forever.
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    I was wondering one thing though, where was Non-Fiction? Is it not it's own genre?

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    This is a novel forum though.
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    *Clears throat*

    I notice chick-lit isn't an option there.

    Even dead genres deserve recognition!

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