How many sub-genres can a book have?
So… for those of you who haven’t noticed (or read like… any of my posts), you may not know that I happen to be a perfectionist… and a clutter freak… and like…. super freaking organized. How is this relevant, you ask? Well, let me tell you! 😃
It means that I NEVER know how I want to organize stuff on my blog: namely my book reviews.
If you haven’t noticed, I don’t just have a list of books I’ve reviewed. Oh no, no! I have THREE! Yup, three separate, fully-formed, completely updated lists of the books I’ve reviewed. 😶
I’m glad you asked! Bahahaha! 😂 I have three separate lists because, when I looked at how people organize their book review lists on their blogs, I saw a bunch of different options! You could sort them by rating. You could sort them by title. You could sort them by genre. You could sort them by publication year. Or perhaps by author!
SO MANY OPTIONS!!! 😵
And I happen to be a rather indecisive person. (It may be a female thing as I know many females who, too, are indecisive, but I digress.) I didn’t want to pick just one option because I didn’t know which one would be best for my readers. How would they want to find my book reviews? What would be easiest for them to look at?
I just didn’t freakin‘ know!
So, I was stuck at a cross-roads. And my inability to commit to one particular option led me to three: by genre (then author), by rating, and by title. This way everyone was happy. 😊 And all forms of sorting-minds could be appeased on my blog.
As I began to read and review more novels and broaden my horizons, I noticed a rather particularly nasty concept that has taken the reading world by storm…
Oh. My. Goodness. These silly little inventions are the epitome of my struggles in life. (okay. perhaps that’s a bit dramatic. 😜) But they are an absolute nightmare to deal with. Not that you would think so.
You’d think a book would have an age group: YA/adult/MG/etc. Then it has a genre: Contemporary/Scifi/Horror/Fantasy/Etc. And then perhaps a sub-genre: Dystopian/Paranormal/High Fantasy/Etc. And by following this normal pattern, publishers lure you into a sense of calm, comforting, vulnerability.
AND THEN THEY BITE YOU IN THE A-
*clears throat* Ahem. I apologize for my unseemly outburst.
What I mean to say is that there is not just ONE genre or sub-genre anymore. Oh no! Books now have cross-over appeal. They’re now blended crockpots of a handful of sub-genres. They’ve morphed into freakin’ hybrid monsters with their desire being to drive book-catalogers insane!
It is because of this catastrophe of a marketing tool that I’m now entirely flummoxed as to how to appropriately organize my ‘book reviews by genre’ page. I mean… Is something dystopian or is it steampunk? Is it paranormal or is it gothic? If it has elements of multiple sub-genres, how do you pick one?!
No! Seriously! How do you pick?! Because I have no flabber-gasting idea! *throws arms in the air*
Thus I have reached a point where I would like to re-organize my ‘book reviews by genre’ page to better differentiate these novels into appropriate categories. However, I don’t know what category to put them. How does one decide? It’s not like Goodreads is any help given that those people put them into a gazillion different sub-genres. 💀
But what do you think about sub-genres?
How many is too many?
Leave your thoughts below!
And check out my discussion from last week: