Story Genres - Definitions and Examples

Action/AdventureFic which is driven by an action-based plot and/or an adventure-based plot.Harry had always wanted to be 007. As an Unspeakable, he finally had the chance. This is his story.
AngstA fic with a lot of introspection, moodiness, and oftentimes severe character whinging.Snape had loved someone once. When she married his worst enemy, he decided never to love again.
ComedyHumor-based fic, or fic that contains humorous elements as part of the plot.Fred wasn't quite sure what George was going to do with the six-foot tall chicken, but had faith in his twin.
CrossoversFic that combines the Harry Potter universe with another fandom.It wasn't every day that Harry would see a grown man flying through the sky without a broom, especially one dressed in a blue leotard and wearing a red cape.
DarkficFic with dark themes, such as rape, torture, abuse or similar things.Bellatrix took great delight in the destruction she could wreak upon the human body with a knife.
DrabbleShort fic ranging from 100 to 500 words, generally.Rocks fall. Everyone dies. The end.
DramaFic that, generally, is turbulent or highly emotional.On the train ride to Hogwarts for her sixth year, Ginny wondered if she'd ever see Harry alive again.
EroticaGenerally an adult fic in which there are characters having sexual relations, either explicitly or implicitly described.Viktor slid his hand over Hermione's hip, feeling the softness of her skin, before adding chocolate sauce.
FicletShort fic ranging from 500 to 1000 words, generally.Rocks fall. Harry stops them. Harry is killed. Rocks fall again. Everyone dies. The end.
FluffGenerally accepted to mean a fic in which little to no bad things happen to the characters, especially fics in which excessively sweet things happen.Harry stood at Ginny's door with flowers - not roses, she hated roses, but daffodils - to apologize for his earlier behavior.
GeneralNot relationship-centric. Usually refers to a fic in which relationships are very much "off-page" and not a central plot device.Harry sat in the cell, taunted by even the snakes hiding in the wall, and pondered what his life had come to.
HorrorFic centered upon or depicting terrifying or macabre events.Augustus Rookwood didn't mind the Inferi, he just preferred not to watch them eat. The sight of so much blood turned his stomach.
MysteryFic whose plot involves a crime or other event that remains puzzlingly unsettled until the very end.Everyone was shocked when the woman dropped her glamour and looked, for all the world, like Lily Potter. How could she be alive?
Non-Fiction: Character BiosBiography of a canon character.Snape: good or evil?
Non-Fiction: EssaysEssay on any topic around the books, movies or discussion of either.The locket: an actual Horcrux or a clever bit of sleight-of-hand?
PoetryPoetry.Roses are red Violets are blue Slash is hot And so are you
PWPGenerally accepted to mean either "Plot, What Plot?" or "Porn Without Plot". Used to exclusively mean adult fiction.Percy wasn't sure what the noise was until he found Penelope pinned to the wall by Blaise Zabini as he drove himself into her.
RomanceFic depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, or romantic exploits.Ginny always considered the time Harry saved her life the first time to be the beginning of their relationship.
TragedyFic in which horrible things happen.Harry stood alone on the battlefield, everyone he'd ever known or loved dead around him.
TrioFic in which Harry, Ron and Hermione are in a sexual relationship together. Can either be explicitly or implicitly described.As they lay tangled together, someone said, "I love you." It didn't matter who, but Harry leaned over Hermione to kiss Ron just the same.