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F Fiction and Related items
DO NOT USE: code ‘F’ itself, but select specific categories from section F*. Use all F* codes with: other subject categories and qualifiers where appropriate, in particular PLACE 1* and/or TIME PERIOD 3* Qualifiers where these aspects are particularly pertinent and significant. N.B. F* codes maybe used with appropriate non-fiction categories to indicate key settings or topics of the narrative, but for all adult fiction the primary category must be an F* code. FX* codes may be used to indicate a strong underlying theme. Also use with 5H*, 5J*, 5L* or 5P* qualifiers when these represent a significant topic or part of the appeal of the narrative. FY* codes may be used to indicate special features of a fiction title
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FB Fiction: general and literary
Use for: works of literary and general non-genre fiction where either the date is unknown or where neither ‘classic’ nor ‘contemporary’ are applicable. Use all FB* codes with: FX* or FY* codes to give greater detail about themes or features where applicable. FB* codes may be used as the main code with genre fiction codes where a literary novel is also considered to be a significant example of the genre.
Prefer: FBA or FBC wherever appropriate, and prefer a genre fiction code as the main subject when this is more appropriate
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FC Biographical fiction
Class here: fictional life writing, autobiographical stories, autofiction. Use for: highly fictionalised accounts of the lives of real people (including fictionalised autobiographies) or where an author is using events or experiences from their own life as an integral part of the narrative or story. Use with: FV as appropriate.
See also: DN* Biography and non-fiction prose and its subcategories
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FD Speculative fiction
FF Crime and 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
Use for: works that primarily emphasise physical, and sometimes violent, action, that often have a sense of danger and are meant to give the reader a sense of excitement or adventure.
See also: FH Thriller / suspense fiction
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FK Horror and supernatural fiction
FL Science fiction
FM Fantasy
FN Traditional stories, myths and fairy tales
Use for: modern retellings in novel form or collections of these type of traditional tales and stories aimed primarily at adults, or works of fiction inspired by these traditional stories, tales or folklore.
See also: DBS* Ancient Sagas and epics and its subcategories, QRS* Ancient religions and Mythologies and its subcategories, JBGB Folklore, myths and legends, YFJ Children’s / Teenage fiction: Traditional stories, YNRU Children’s / Teenage general interest: Ancient religions, Mythology and legends
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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. Use with: INTEREST Qualifier 5X as appropriate. DO NOT USE: with FRX code.
See also: FRX Erotic romance
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FQ Contemporary lifestyle fiction
Class here: romantic comedy, ‘feel good’, ‘up-lit’, ‘slice of life’ fiction. Use for: stories set in the present day or contemporary settings, dealing with realistic everyday themes or lifestyles, usually in a light-hearted, sometimes uplifting, manner
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FR Romance
FS Family life fiction
Use for: novels of domestic or small-scale family life, often with a focus on the relationships within a family, but not of the FT* Generational sagas genre. Use with: other F* codes as appropriate.
See also: FT Generational sagas
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FT Generational sagas
Class here: family sagas. Use for: genre novels which chronicle the lives and fortunes of a family or a number of related or interconnected families over a period of time and often over generations. These are often part of a sequence of novels. Use with: FR* codes for Romantic sagas or with FV when the historical setting is particularly important. DO NOT USE: for traditional Icelandic or Old Norse sagas.
See also: FS Family life fiction
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FU Humorous fiction
Use for: fiction where humour is the primary aim and 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 and mysteries, FJH Historical adventure fiction, FMH Historical fantasy, FRH Historical romance
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FW Religious and spiritual fiction
Use for: fiction designed to promote a particular religious, spiritual or visionary message. Use with: 5PG* values from INTEREST 5* 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 all FX* codes for: identifying the primary theme of a narrative work, when that theme is not conveyed by the choice of a genre fiction category. Use all FX* codes with: other F* codes indicating genre or type, or with DB*, DC*, DD* or XQ* codes, to indicate the principal underlying narrative theme of a work of fiction. FX* codes can be also be used in conjunction with non-fiction categories to give greater definition to the narrative theme where appropriate. DO NOT USE: FX* codes as the primary or main subject code
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FY Fiction: special features
Use all FY* codes with: other F* code indicating genre or type. FY* codes should not usually 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. Use with: other F* codes indicating genre or type, or with DB*, DC*, DD* or XQ* codes if this work is presented as a poem or a comic book etc.
See also: DSR Literary reference works, XR* Graphic novel and comic books: guides and reviews and its subcategories
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