Genre vs. Category. Is this correct?

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  • #346948


    Genre vs. Category
    by bookishpixie

    The above video explains the difference between genre and category.

    Does anyone know if this is correct? :geek:

  • #655924


    Hmm. Quick comment: hope she talked slower than the closed captioning indicated 😉

    So, more seriously, I think she was saying that categories are basically the target audience, versus genre which describes the type of story it is. So mystery (genre); Nancy Drew (middle grade category), Agatha Christie (adult category).


  • #655925


    I agree with with ostarella’s understanding of the presentation, but not with the conclusion in the presentation – that many writers are confused by the terms or that is an important issue.

    According to Merriam-Webster, GENRE is “a category of … literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.”, and is a relatively stable and limited list. Take Romance as an example: All romance novels have things in common, the essence of a category, so one might logically conclude that “category” is a synonym for “genre” (and it is 😆 ).

    However, since the markets discussed in the video are not “literary compositions”, they cannot be genres.

    Conclusion: all genres are categories, but not all categories are genres. Yes, there is a difference, but could it be that, when writing a novel, differentiating between the two terms is nothing more than a tempest in a tiny teapot?

  • #655926


    Thanks for the replies ostarella and MikePhillip. 🙂

  • #655927


    I’ll check it out later.

  • #655928


    Thanks for the reply Noizchild. 🙂

  • #655929


    You’re welcome.

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