It’s time to take a semi-deep dive into the unknown places of the bookverse!
This whole idea sprung from me finding out Scandinavian crime novels is considered a genre (or at least a subgenre of mystery/thriller). So then I thought: I wonder how many oddly specific literary genres and subgenres are there that I don’t know about?
And here I am – after some research
and a lot of time lost on Wikipedia – ready to present you some categories that I just think are either very weird or truly interesting. (Plus, I’m going to give you some book examples.)
Let’s get into it!
This is, I think, the one I’m most interested in and honestly most likely to read in the future. Just think pirates in the sky. Like, the good old pirates
which I really need to read some books about, except the ships are in the sky. But actual ships with sails. Can you imagine the feeling?
- The Curse of the Gloamglozer (The Edge Chronicles #1) by Paul Steward
- Robur The Conqueror by Jules Verne
(+ Movie Recommendation: CastleIn The Sky
I really need to watch some Ghibli movies asap)
“Mannerpunk is a genre that mashes up fantasy and manner-based comedy. Stories take place in an elaborate social structure, battling primarily with wits instead of monsters, even though the world around them might include magic and mayhem of every kind.”
Think almost every classic from the nineteenth
and maybe twentieth century but give it a paranormal twist.
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Suzanna Clarke
- The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch (apparently I do have one on my shelf…)
Have you ever wondered How is Shakespeare doing in hell?
this is a joke and should be taken accordingly, I don’t know where Shakespeare is. Well, Bangsian Fantasy is here to answer your question.
Bangsian Fantasy is a genre that explores famous figures and their adventures n the afterlife, usually in a humorous way.
- A House-Boat on the Styx by John Kendrick Bangs (the most popular Bangsian Fantasy, also the genre was named after the author)
- Inferno by Dante Alighieri (which I really want to read and can’t believe it was published in the 1307)
- Heroes in Hell by Janet Morris
An entire book subgenre dedicated to martial artist and their adventures in ancient China. And I’ll be damned f I don’t read at least one in this lifetime!
I think everyone knew this existed. I mean, who didn’t watch at least one of those old Jackie Chan movies with horrible English dubs
it’s Drunken Master for me. But who knew there were books?!
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Andy Seto & Wang Du Lu (it’s a graphic novel which makes sense)
Mr. Darcy POV Books
Look, I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice yet so I don’t know what the hype is about but wow. People really love Mr. Darcy.
You know the Twilight book that came out this year that’s basically the story but Edward’s point of view. Well this is Pride and Prejudice but through Mr. Darcy’s eyes. And, yes, I know, it doesn’t seem like an actual thing, but it is…
Exactly what it sounds like. Memoirs of cashiers. They show what cashiers go through and how entitled some people can be. (Can’t people just be nice and respect others who are just trying to do their job.) So if you’re tired of celebrity memoirs and want to try something closer to home, maybe you’ll want to check out cashier memoirs.
- Checkout Girl by Anna Sam
- Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, and Riots by Carol Park
The term “Oulipo” comes from the French phrase ouvroir de littérature potentielle, which roughly translates to “workshop of potential literature.” This genre and literary movement embrace the idea that creativity is nurtured by constraint.
I don’t really know how to explain this, so I’ll do it like my math professor: give you some examples and hope you’ll get it from there. (And I feel so bad for the poor souls who have to translate these books…)
- A Void by Georges Perec (the 284 pages novel is written entirely without using the letter e
which, knowig it was first published in French, is pretty damn impressive
- Exercices in Style by Raymond Queneau (the same episode in told ninety-nine types, each time in a different style)