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BISAC Subject Headings List, Fiction
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FICTION

Use subjects in this section only for individual works of fiction or for collections of fiction.  Critical works should be assigned subjects in the LITERARY CRITICISM section (and should not be assigned any subjects in the FICTION section).

"FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)" and "FICTION / Short Stories (single author)" may be used with other subjects as appropriate: for example, a collection of ghost stories by several authors could be assigned "FICTION / Ghost" and "FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)" (it is recommended that the subject describing the genre be assigned first).  Note that several genres have a subsubheading of "Collections & Anthologies", thus lessening the need for multiple coding.

Because the FICTION section is arranged by genre, if a geographic breakdown is desired for a collection of fiction, subjects may be assigned in both the FICTION and LITERARY COLLECTIONS sections. 

"FICTION / Classics" and "FICTION / Literary" should be used at the classifier's discretion to denote works generally considered to be classics or of literary value. 

Use "FICTION / Media Tie-In" when a new ISBN is created and this ISBN represents one of the following:

  • a work (or works) of fiction re-issued because of a movie/television show
  • a novelization of a movie
  • a novelization (or collection of stories) based on an episode (or episodes) of a television show
  • an original story (or collection of stories) using characters or settings from (or based on) a movie/television show

Existing ISBNs that become the basis for a movie or television show do not have to be re-coded.  It is recommended that when "FICTION / Media Tie-In" is used, another subject be assigned as well.

 

FIC000000 FICTION / General

FIC064000 FICTION / Absurdist *

FIC002000 FICTION / Action & Adventure

FICTION / Adventure see Action & Adventure

FIC049000 FICTION / African American / General

FIC049010 FICTION / African American / Christian

FIC049020 FICTION / African American / Contemporary Women

FIC049030 FICTION / African American / Erotica

FIC049040 FICTION / African American / Historical

FIC049050 FICTION / African American / Mystery & Detective

FIC049070 FICTION / African American / Urban

FIC040000 FICTION / Alternative History

FIC053000 FICTION / Amish & Mennonite

FIC003000 FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)

FIC054000 FICTION / Asian American

FIC041000 FICTION / Biographical

FIC042000 FICTION / Christian / General

FIC042010 FICTION / Christian / Classic & Allegory

FIC042050 FICTION / Christian / Collections & Anthologies

FIC042080 FICTION / Christian / Fantasy

FIC042020 FICTION / Christian / Futuristic

FIC042030 FICTION / Christian / Historical

FIC042040 FICTION / Christian / Romance

FIC042060 FICTION / Christian / Suspense

FIC042070 FICTION / Christian / Western

FIC004000 FICTION / Classics

FIC043000 FICTION / Coming of Age

FIC044000 FICTION / Contemporary Women

FIC050000 FICTION / Crime

FIC051000 FICTION / Cultural Heritage

FIC055000 FICTION / Dystopian

FIC065000 FICTION / Epistolary *

FIC005000 FICTION / Erotica / General

FIC005010 FICTION / Erotica / BDSM

FIC005020 FICTION / Erotica / Collections & Anthologies

FIC005030 FICTION / Erotica / Gay

FIC005040 FICTION / Erotica / Lesbian

FIC005050 FICTION / Erotica / Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror

FIC005060 FICTION / Erotica / Traditional Victorian

FIC010000 FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

FIC045000 FICTION / Family Life

FICTION / Family Saga see Sagas

FIC009000 FICTION / Fantasy / General

FIC009040 FICTION / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies

FIC009010 FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary

FIC009070 FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy

FIC009020 FICTION / Fantasy / Epic

FIC009030 FICTION / Fantasy / Historical

FIC009080 FICTION / Fantasy / Humorous

FIC009050 FICTION / Fantasy / Paranormal

FIC009090 FICTION / Fantasy / Romantic *

FIC009060 FICTION / Fantasy / Urban

FICTION / Folklore see Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

FIC011000 FICTION / Gay

FIC012000 FICTION / Ghost

FIC027040 FICTION / Gothic

FICTION / Graphic Novels see headings under COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

FIC056000 FICTION / Hispanic & Latino

FIC014000 FICTION / Historical

FIC058000 FICTION / Holidays

FIC015000 FICTION / Horror

FIC016000 FICTION / Humorous / General

FIC060000 FICTION / Humorous / Black Humor

FIC046000 FICTION / Jewish

FIC034000 FICTION / Legal

FIC018000 FICTION / Lesbian

FIC019000 FICTION / Literary

FIC061000 FICTION / Magical Realism

FIC057000 FICTION / Mashups

FIC021000 FICTION / Media Tie-In

FIC035000 FICTION / Medical

FICTION / Metaphysical see Visionary & Metaphysical

FIC022000 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

FIC022100 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth

FIC022050 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Collections & Anthologies

FIC022070 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy

FIC022010 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled

FIC022060 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical

FIC022080 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime

FIC022020 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

FIC022090 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators

FIC022030 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional

FIC022040 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

FICTION / Mythology see Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

FIC059000 FICTION / Native American & Aboriginal

FIC062000 FICTION / Noir

FIC024000 FICTION / Occult & Supernatural

FIC037000 FICTION / Political

FIC025000 FICTION / Psychological

FIC026000 FICTION / Religious

FIC027000 FICTION / Romance / General

FIC027260 FICTION / Romance / Action & Adventure

FIC049060 FICTION / Romance / African American

FIC027270 FICTION / Romance / Clean & Wholesome

FIC027080 FICTION / Romance / Collections & Anthologies

FIC027020 FICTION / Romance / Contemporary

FIC027010 FICTION / Romance / Erotica

FIC027030 FICTION / Romance / Fantasy

FIC027050 FICTION / Romance / Historical / General

FIC027140 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Ancient World

FIC027150 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Medieval

FIC027070 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Regency

FIC027160 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Scottish

FIC027280 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Tudor *

FIC027200 FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century

FIC027170 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Victorian

FIC027180 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Viking

FIC027290 FICTION / Romance / Holiday *

FIC027300 FICTION / Romance / LGBT / General *

FIC027190 FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Gay

FIC027210 FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Lesbian

FIC027220 FICTION / Romance / Military

FIC027230 FICTION / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial

FIC027240 FICTION / Romance / New Adult

FIC027120 FICTION / Romance / Paranormal / General

FIC027310 FICTION / Romance / Paranormal / Shifters *

FIC027320 FICTION / Romance / Paranormal / Vampires *

FIC027250 FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy

FIC027130 FICTION / Romance / Science Fiction

FIC027330 FICTION / Romance / Sports *

FIC027110 FICTION / Romance / Suspense

FIC027090 FICTION / Romance / Time Travel

FIC027100 FICTION / Romance / Western

FIC008000 FICTION / Sagas

FIC052000 FICTION / Satire

FIC028000 FICTION / Science Fiction / General

FIC028010 FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure

FIC028090 FICTION / Science Fiction / Alien Contact

FICTION / Science Fiction / Alternative HistoryseeAlternative History

FIC028070 FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic

FIC028040 FICTION / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies

FIC028100 FICTION / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk

FIC028110 FICTION / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering

FIC028020 FICTION / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction

FIC028050 FICTION / Science Fiction / Military

FIC028030 FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Opera

FIC028060 FICTION / Science Fiction / Steampunk

FIC028080 FICTION / Science Fiction / Time Travel

FIC047000 FICTION / Sea Stories

FICTION / Short Stories (multiple authors) see Anthologies (multiple authors)

FIC029000 FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

FIC066000 FICTION / Small Town & Rural *

FIC038000 FICTION / Sports

FIC063000 FICTION / Superheroes

FICTION / Television Tie-in see Media Tie-In

FIC031000 FICTION / Thrillers / General

FIC031010 FICTION / Thrillers / Crime

FIC006000 FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage

FIC031020 FICTION / Thrillers / Historical

FIC031030 FICTION / Thrillers / Legal

FIC031040 FICTION / Thrillers / Medical

FIC031050 FICTION / Thrillers / Military

FIC031060 FICTION / Thrillers / Political

FIC031080 FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological

FIC031070 FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural

FIC030000 FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

FIC036000 FICTION / Thrillers / Technological

FIC048000 FICTION / Urban

FIC039000 FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical

FIC032000 FICTION / War & Military

FIC033000 FICTION / Westerns

If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

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