From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
- Literature : The profession of “letters” (from Latin litteras), and written texts considered as aesthetic and expressive objects.
- Crime fiction : Novels and stories involving crime (mostly murder) and (usually) the search for the culprit(s).
- Gothic novel : A form of fiction which became popular in England in the second half of the eighteenth century involving elements of the supernatural designed to give a pleasing frisson of terror to the reader.
- Historical novel : A form of fiction which places its fictional characters in historical settings where they interact with the real people of the time.
- Science fiction : A story-telling genre that presents alternatives to what is currently considered scientifically possible or that extrapolates from present-day knowledge.
- Icelandic sagas : Medieval prose works relating stories, mostly concerning Iceland or the deeds of Icelanders.
- Romance literature : A medieval verse or prose story concerning often concerning love or acts of chivalry in somewhat of a fantasy setting.
- Victorian Literature : The British literature of Victoria's reign