Thema Subject Categories 1.3 NEW

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F Fiction & Related items
Use with: (all F* codes) may be used with PLACE 1* and/or TIME PERIOD 3* Qualifiers where these aspects are particularly pertinent & significant; appropriate non-fiction codes may be added after F* codes to indicate specific central themes or topics in fiction
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FB Fiction: general & literary
Use for: literary & non-genre fiction where date not known; prefer FBA or FBC as appropriate where possible. Use with: (all FB* codes) may be used with other F* codes indicating themes, genres or features where applicable
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FC Biographical fiction
Use for: highly fictionalised accounts of the lives of real people (including fictionalised autobiographies). Use with: FV where applicable. See also: DN* Biography & non-fiction prose and its subcategories
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FD Speculative fiction
FF Crime & mystery fiction
FG Sports fiction
Use with: S* codes to indicate specific sport featured
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FH Thriller / suspense fiction
FJ Adventure fiction
FK Horror & supernatural fiction
FL Science fiction
FM Fantasy
FN Myths & fairy tales
Class here: myths & legends, folk & fairy tales or fables told in a story form. Use for: modern retellings in novel form or collections of these type of traditional stories aimed primarily at adults. See also: DBS* Sagas & epics and its subcategories, QRS* Ancient religions & mythologies and its subcategories, JBGB Folklore, myths & legends, YFJ Children’s / Teenage fiction: Traditional stories
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FP Erotic fiction
Use for: stories of an erotic nature that deal explicitly with sexual relationships and themes, that are not primarily a romance story. Do NOT use with FRX. Use with: INTEREST Qualifier 5X as appropriate. See also: FRX Erotic romance
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FQ Contemporary lifestyle fiction
Class here: ‘chick lit’, ‘lad lit’, ‘romantic comedy’, ‘feel good’ fiction. Use for: stories set in the present day or contemporary settings, dealing with everyday themes or lifestyles, usually in a light-hearted manner
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FR Romance
FS Family life fiction
Use for: novels of domestic or small-scale family life. See also: FT Generational sagas
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FT Generational sagas
Class here: family sagas. Use for: novels which chronicle the fortunes of a family or families often over generations. Do NOT use for Icelandic or Norse sagas. See also: FS Family life fiction
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FU Humorous fiction
Use for: fiction where humour is the primary aim & feature except prefer genre-specific ‘humorous’ headings where available. Use with: other F* codes as appropriate
FV Historical fiction
Use for: stories set in the past (typically before the writer’s lifetime), where the time period is a significant or essential part of the story and that portray the spirit, manners, and social conditions of that time with realistic detail. Use with: other F* codes as appropriate. Use with: PLACE 1* and/or TIME PERIOD 3* Qualifiers to indicate setting as appropriate. Prefer genre-specific ‘historical’ headings where available. See also: FFH Historical crime & mysteries, FJH Historical adventure fiction, FMH Historical fantasy, FRH Historical romance
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FW Religious & spiritual fiction
Use for: fiction designed to promote a particular religious, spiritual or visionary message. Use with: 5PG* values from INTEREST Qualifiers as appropriate, or where unavailable, a QR* or VX* code. Use with: other F* codes, for example FR - for Religious romance novels
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FX Fiction: narrative themes
Use with: (all FX* codes) other F* codes indicating genre or type, to indicate the underlying narrative theme of a work of fiction. FX* codes should never be the primary or main subject code
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FY Fiction: special features
Use with: (all FY* codes) with other F* code indicating genre or type. FY* codes should never be the primary or main subject code
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FZ Fiction companions
Use for: companion works to popular fiction series or titles, typically uncritical, such as an atlas of a mythical world, a compendium of characters, a guide to the series, etc. See also: DSR Literary reference works, XR* Graphic novel & comic books: guides & reviews and its subcategories
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