INFOGRAPHIC: A Map of the Literary Genres Benjamin Samuel February 25, 2015 Books 14 Comments According to the fine folks at Pop Chart Labs, there’s a theory that genres exist for the benefit of bookstores and at the expense of readers. Similar to a Las Vegas casino, booksellers manipulate the environment to lure you toward the money makers—I imagine librarians will be the first to object to this theory. So Pop Chart decided to look beyond these commonly accepted distinctions to see how the genres relate and where books belong based on content rather than commerce. “We went in with the idea that we were looking not at commercial distinctions, but instead peering deep into the text of the book, at almost the cellular level,” said Rachel Mansfield of Pop Chart. The approach created some difficult decisions and surprising results: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe found its home under the “Christian” genre, rather than the expected fantasy. Explore the chart and discover what kind of books you really like. The poster is available for $29. 14 Responses A Map of Literary Genres (Pop Chart Labs, Electric Literature) | The 100 Greatest Books Challenge February 25, 2015 […] This is SO COOL — a map of the literary genres and how they relate to each other. Specific books are chosen to represent each category. […] Reply Genre Status: It’s Complicated | The Haven February 25, 2015 […] can blow it up on Electric Literature’s site so it’s actually readable. I’ve spent the last twenty minutes or so absorbed in its […] Reply INFOGRAPHIC: A Map of the Literary Genres | M.C. Tuggle, Writer February 25, 2015 […] ElectricLit has a downloadable graph it calls a map of all the genres. A few may confuse — I’ve never thought of Southern Gothic as a branch of horror, and some may question putting C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe under Christian rather than fantasy (Christian novels would reject the magic in both Lewis’ and Tolkien’s works). But you’ll have a blast getting lost in this maze of literary geography. Enjoy! […] Reply April February 25, 2015 120 Days of Sodom is under Romance? Hmmm…. I haven’t read it but the synopsis sounds horrifying. Reply Rob February 26, 2015 Well, it is under Erotic > Romance tho… But I can’t believe they missed placing any Edgar Allan Poe books. Reply Jam February 26, 2015 Just as I near completion of redecoration, I find something that will be it’s cohesion. Thanks. A-Lot. Reply Lagniappe | Book Notes Plus February 26, 2015 […] And Then There Were None, “hard boiled” like The Maltese Falcon, and many more subcategories. An “infographic,” compliments of Electric Lit, gives you all the information you’ll need (and some recommendations) […] Reply Pop Charts Lab Created ‘A Plotting of Fiction Genres’ Infographic | Indie Author Marketing February 26, 2015 […] Within the piece, “each genre is represented here by a hand-illustrated book cover, then branches further into subcategories and sub-subcategories as merited—providing at least two representative works for each.” We’ve embedded the full infographic below for you to explore further—what do you think? (via Electric Lit) […] Reply Saturday Miscellany – 2/28/15 | The Irresponsible Reader February 28, 2015 […] such diverse sources as Lifehacker and Electric Lit comes this infographic mapping out pretty much every genre in contemporary […] Reply This week I’ve been reading #21 | Cornflakegirl's Musings March 1, 2015 […] INFOGRAPHIC: A Map of the Literary Genres […] Reply The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers | A Vase of Wildflowers March 2, 2015 […] “INFOGRAPHIC: A Map of the Literary Genres” via Electric Literature […] Reply The Roundup – March 4, 2015 | The Frame March 4, 2015 […] A Map of the Literary Genres. I’m already picking up some reading list ideas from this! Click the image for the full version – I couldn’t shrink it down without losing all readability! […] Reply Web Pickings March 5, 2015 […] I loved this infographic of the literary genres http://electricliterature.com/infographic-a-map-of-the-literary-genres/ […] Reply Все, что вы хотели знать о жанрах или Один Простой Закон | BALZAC Klasses May 3, 2015 […] Источник инфографики […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.