By Hannah Bergqvist
Genres may change over time as new genres are invented.
Often, one work of art may fit into many different genres because it overlaps and combines stylistic elements.
In order to define a certain genre as precisely as possible, genres are often divided into subgenres. In music, for instance, ‘heavy metal’ is a subgenre of ‘rock music’, just as in the movies, a 'spaghetti’ is a subgenre of ‘a western’.
In literature, texts are divided into genres according to their form and content.
Click on the GenreUniverse to the right to learn more about the different fictional and non-fictional genres.