Biblical Fiction: Fiction in which characters and settings are taken from the Bible.
Contemporary Fiction: Fiction that doesn’t fit into a more specific category, and is set after World War 2. Women’s Fiction and Chic Lit also fall into this category.
Fantasy vs Supernatural: Fantasy may be hard to distinguish from Supernatural in general. Both usually involve strange creatures and unusual forces (like magic not based on science), but we’ll use this distinction for now: Fantasy worlds are based more on magic (“Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings”). Supernatural worlds are more like modern reality with paranormal elements (think vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters).
Science Fiction: Worlds and technologies that are possible, or may be possible, based on science. This is where to put sub-genres, like Steampunk, that use actual science in an altered reality.
What do the content ratings mean? In order to help readers better evaluate books, we ask authors to rate their books in four categories: language, sexual heat, violence, and substance use. There are three levels for each of these categories.
None – This means there is absolutely no instance of the topic in the book. For example, NO kissing at all.
Some – This means there is a small occurrence of the topic in the book. For example, every romance novel is going to have some sexual heat, because physical attraction is a necessary part of getting to that happily ever after. A book set in World War II, is likely going have some violence, simply because of the nature of the setting. If the story has a family who enjoys a glass of wine with dinner, then there is some substance use. If the story is a mystery where a body appears on the page but isn’t described in gory detail, you have some violence.
More Than Some – This rating classifies a book as edgy. If the story is a thriller with psychopaths murdering people on the page, or military-based novels where battles are described in detail, you have ‘more than some’ violence. If romance novels go beyond the kind of kisses you’d give in public, you have ‘more than some’ sexual heat. If characters use words that you would not want to hear out of the mouth of a 3 year old, then you have ‘more than some’ language.