Julie has been working extremely hard at practice in order to earn that starting midfield spot but can’t always tell if she’s making progress. She continues to log goals and assists as she has in the past, but has no way to quantify any progress she’s made in her defensive skills or in certain intangible contributions, such as getting back on defense, forcing turnovers, or maintaining possession of the ball. She asks the coach for feedback from time to time, but can’t get any objective data about her progress with which to strategize about how to keep improving.
Here is a list of all known written genres, as drawn from numerous sources . (We'd love to acknowledge and link to more of these web pages, but they keep on vanishing.) This list includes works of fiction and nonfiction, in short and long formats, with temporary or permanent media, and in venues for individual or personal or public use. This also includes spoken formats (live or filmed) that are typically written out beforehand.
Can all of these categories be regarded as genres? Perhaps. Each one is a distinct and familiar type, and many are included in the comprehensive Dewey system. People get paid to write (and/or to read and analyse) them; even build careers and businesses around their creation.
There is of course some overlap. While our intention is to be thorough, certain professions utilize numerous yet otherwise obscure textual formats.
While this list deals primarily with English, the same categories will apply to most languages. There are also Art, Film, Music, Video Game, Newspaper, and other broad genre types, however those go beyond the scope of this project.
The major descriptive and genre categories are in large print, and subgenres are in parentheses. Numerous fiction genres and subgenres are described in more detail on our Literary Fiction Genres list pages.
Major Print Genre Categories: