Thema Subject Categories 1.4

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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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FBA Modern and contemporary fiction
Use for: works of literary and non-genre fiction first published in the last few decades
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FBC Classic fiction
Class here: works of literary and general non-genre fiction widely regarded or presented as ‘classic’ and typically but not necessarily published and in print for several decades.
Prefer: ‘classic’ headings for genre fiction where available.
See also: DBS* Ancient Sagas and epics and its subcategories, FFC Classic crime and mystery fiction, FLC Classic science fiction
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