What genres are these books?

southern comfort and bolts of thunder please

southern comfort and bolts of thunder please

So I did a quick study of the books that I liked in no particular order, without cheating, without internet access. A handwritten list, just straight off the top of my head in 1 minute:

Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Property by Valerie Martin

Flower in the Attic trilogy by Virginia Andrews

Girl with Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

The Talented Mr Ripley  by Patricia Highsmith

Capital by John Lanchester

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Sea Lovers by Valerie Martin

After I wrote the list, then only I allowed myself internet access to find out the genres. When I like something, I don’t even know what genre it is.

To my surprise, more than half of these came under ‘Gothic’. Well dat don’t make sense. All but one were by women writers. John Lanchester, you do it for the ladies. All are commercial fiction except those marked literary fiction. Apparently, if it is literary, it is not commercial. You are obviously doing it for love not money.

what genres are these

Answers on a postcard please!

Here are the internet’s answers:

Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach = historical fiction

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters = historical courtroom fiction

Property by Valerie Martin = southern Gothic (PS I always think of Southern Comfort when the word Southern comes with spooky weird stuff)

Flower in the Attic trilogy by Virginia Andrews = southern Gothic

Girl with Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier = historical fiction

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier = Gothic

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn = psychological thriller

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn = ditto

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee = southern Gothic

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood = literary fiction

The Talented Mr Ripley  by Patricia Highsmith = crime noir

Capital by John Lanchester = literary fiction

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters = Gothic

Sea Lovers by Valerie Martin = magic realist literary fiction

The last one, I thought was a “huh”? Really? Should Gothic have a “capital” G or not? John Lanchester, any idea? How about Gothic noir? Now that would be a genre I would just love to get my claws on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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