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When the NaNoWriMo forums were created in 2002 only one genre lounge existed, called "Me And My Genre". In 2003 genres were separated for the first time. The literary fiction, young adult, and mystery forums were formed and remain mostly unchanged to this day, as well as the forum for other genres. Spiritual and new age fiction also remains mostly unchanged, though novels that fall under the religious umbrella have been added to this forum. Fantasy, science fiction, and horror were assigned to the same forum, a move that caused much debate until their separation. Romance and erotic fiction suffered much debate until their separation.
In the case of Script Frenzy, the genre lounges were born with the forums.
Lounges generally correspond to the genre drop down available in the Novel Info section of My NaNoWriMo, but there may be a disparity, as the two modules are not linked. Genre lounges are not intended to be exhaustive. New genres are rarely created, and only for the next season. It requires substantial overtaking of another genre forum before a new genre will be created.
There may be debate regarding the definition of a given genre. NaNoWriMo does not define genre for participants; rather, genre is chosen by the participants themselves. Participants may post in any forum they feel their thread fits, including genres outside of the one they have identified as their own. Some forums are acknowledged as not being "genres", such as Young Adult and Fanfiction, but are given a genre forum as they are considered to have enough popularity and traffic to justify their forums.
Participants who are unsure of what genre their novel is may ask for other participants' help identifying the genre in the Other Genres forum, where an Identify your genre thread is stickied.
Current NaNoWriMo Genre Lounges
- Full article: Adventure
- Full article: Erotic Fiction
- Full article: Fanfiction
- Full article: Fantasy
- Full article: Historical Fiction
Horror & Supernatural
- Full article: Horror & Supernatural
- Full article: Literary Fiction
Mainstream & Realistic Fiction
- Full article: Mainstream & Realistic Fiction
Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense
- Full article: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense
- Full article: Other Genres
Religious, Spiritual, & New Age
- Full article: Religious, Spiritual, & New Age
- Full article: Romance
Satire, Humor, & Parody
- Full article: Satire, Humor, & Parody
- Full article: Science Fiction
- Full article: Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Children's Fiction
- Full article: Young Adult & Children's Fiction
Script Frenzy Genre Lounges
- Romance/Romantic Comedy
- Other Genres