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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 / Action & Adventure / Fantasy see Fantasy / Action & Adventure *

 

FICTION / Action & Adventure / Romance see Romance / Action &

 Adventure *

 

FIC075000 FICTION / Adaptations & Pastiche *

 

FICTION / Adventure see Action & Adventure

 

FIC049000 FICTION / African American / General

 

FIC049010 FICTION / African American / Christian

 

FIC049030 FICTION / African American / Erotica

 

FIC049040 FICTION / African American / Historical

 

FIC049050 FICTION / African American / Mystery & Detective

 

FICTION / African American / Romance see Romance / African American *

 

FIC049070 FICTION / African American / Urban

 

FIC049020 FICTION / African American / Women

 

FIC040000 FICTION / Alternative History

 

FIC053000 FICTION / Amish & Mennonite

 

FIC067000 FICTION / Animals

 

FIC003000 FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)

 

FIC054000 FICTION / Asian American

 

FIC041000 FICTION / Biographical

 

FIC042000 FICTION / Christian / General

 

FICTION / Christian / African American see African American / Christian *

 

FIC042090 FICTION / Christian / Biblical *

 

FIC042010 FICTION / Christian / Classic & Allegory

 

FIC042050 FICTION / Christian / Collections & Anthologies

 

FIC042100 FICTION / Christian / Contemporary *

 

FIC042080 FICTION / Christian / Fantasy

 

FIC042020 FICTION / Christian / Futuristic

 

FIC042030 FICTION / Christian / Historical

 

FIC042040 FICTION / Christian / Romance / General

 

FIC042110 FICTION / Christian / Romance / Historical *

 

FIC042120 FICTION / Christian / Romance / Suspense *

 

FIC042060 FICTION / Christian / Suspense

 

FIC042070 FICTION / Christian / Western

 

FIC069000 FICTION / City Life

 

FIC004000 FICTION / Classics

 

FICTION / Comics see headings under COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS *

 

FIC043000 FICTION / Coming of Age

 

FIC050000 FICTION / Crime

 

FIC051000 FICTION / Cultural Heritage

 

FIC070000 FICTION / Disaster

 

FIC055000 FICTION / Dystopian

 

FIC065000 FICTION / Epistolary

 

FIC005000 FICTION / Erotica / General

 

FICTION / Erotica / African American see African American / Erotica *

 

FIC005010 FICTION / Erotica / BDSM

 

FIC005020 FICTION / Erotica / Collections & Anthologies

 

FIC005060 FICTION / Erotica / Historical

 

FIC005070 FICTION / Erotica / LGBT / General *

 

FIC005080 FICTION / Erotica / LGBT / Bisexual *

 

FIC005030 FICTION / Erotica / LGBT / Gay

 

FIC005040 FICTION / Erotica / LGBT / Lesbian

 

FIC005090 FICTION / Erotica / LGBT / Transgender *

 

FIC005050 FICTION / Erotica / Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror

 

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

 

FIC045000 FICTION / Family Life / General

 

FIC045010 FICTION / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce

 

FIC045020 FICTION / Family Life / Siblings

 

FICTION / Family Saga see Sagas

 

FIC009000 FICTION / Fantasy / General

 

FIC009100 FICTION / Fantasy / Action & Adventure

 

FIC009110 FICTION / Fantasy / Arthurian

 

FICTION / Fantasy / Christian see Christian / Fantasy *

 

FIC009040 FICTION / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies

 

FIC009010 FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary

 

FIC009070 FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy

 

FIC009120 FICTION / Fantasy / Dragons & Mythical Creatures

 

FIC009020 FICTION / Fantasy / Epic

 

FIC009130 FICTION / Fantasy / Gaslamp

 

FIC009030 FICTION / Fantasy / Historical

 

FIC009080 FICTION / Fantasy / Humorous

 

FIC009140 FICTION / Fantasy / Military

 

FIC009050 FICTION / Fantasy / Paranormal

 

FIC009090 FICTION / Fantasy / Romantic

 

FIC009060 FICTION / Fantasy / Urban

 

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

 

FIC071000 FICTION / Friendship

 

FIC012000 FICTION / Ghost

 

FIC027040 FICTION / Gothic

 

FICTION / Graphic Novels see headings under COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

FIC056000 FICTION / Hispanic & Latino

 

FIC014000 FICTION / Historical / General

 

FICTION / Historical / African American see African American / Historical *

 

FIC014010 FICTION / Historical / Ancient

 

FICTION / Historical / Christian see Christian / Historical *

 

  FICTION / Historical / Erotica see Erotica / Historical *

 

  FICTION / Historical / Fantasy see Fantasy / Historical *

 

FIC014020 FICTION / Historical / Medieval

 

FICTION / Historical / Mystery & Detective see Mystery & Detective / Historical *

 

FIC014030 FICTION / Historical / Renaissance

 

FICTION / Historical / Romance see headings under Romance / Historical *

 

FICTION / Historical / Thrillers see Thrillers / Historical *

 

FIC014040 FICTION / Historical / World War I

 

FIC014050 FICTION / Historical / World War II

 

FIC058000 FICTION / Holidays

 

FIC015000 FICTION / Horror

 

FIC016000 FICTION / Humorous / General

 

FIC060000 FICTION / Humorous / Black Humor

 

FICTION / Humorous / Fantasy see Fantasy / Humorous *

 

  FICTION / Humorous / Science Fiction see Science Fiction / Humorous *

 

FIC046000 FICTION / Jewish

 

FIC034000 FICTION / Legal

 

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

 

FIC068000 FICTION / LGBT / General

 

FIC072000 FICTION / LGBT / Bisexual

 

FIC011000 FICTION / LGBT / Gay

 

FIC018000 FICTION / LGBT / Lesbian

 

FIC073000 FICTION / LGBT / Transgender

 

FIC019000 FICTION / Literary

 

FIC061000 FICTION / Magical Realism

 

FIC057000 FICTION / Mashups

 

FIC021000 FICTION / Media Tie-In

 

FIC035000 FICTION / Medical

 

FICTION / Metaphysical see Visionary & Metaphysical

 

  FICTION / Movie Tie-In see Media Tie-In *

 

FIC022000 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

 

FICTION / Mystery & Detective / African American see African American /

 Mystery & Detective *

 

FIC022100 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth

 

FIC022050 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Collections & Anthologies

 

FIC022070 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General

 

FIC022110 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Cats & Dogs

 

FIC022120 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Crafts

 

FIC022130 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Culinary

 

FIC022010 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled

 

FIC022060 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical

 

FIC022080 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Crime & Mystery

 

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

 

FIC027340 FICTION / Romance / Billionaires

 

FICTION / Romance / Christian see Christian / Romance *

 

FIC027270 FICTION / Romance / Clean & Wholesome

 

FIC027080 FICTION / Romance / Collections & Anthologies

 

FIC027020 FICTION / Romance / Contemporary

 

FIC027010 FICTION / Romance / Erotica

 

FIC027030 FICTION / Romance / Fantasy

 

FIC027350 FICTION / Romance / Firefighters

 

FIC027050 FICTION / Romance / Historical / General

 

FIC027360 FICTION / Romance / Historical / American

 

FIC027140 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Ancient World

 

FIC027150 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Medieval

 

FIC027070 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Regency

 

FIC027370 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Renaissance

 

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

 

FIC027380 FICTION / Romance / Later in Life

 

FIC027300 FICTION / Romance / LGBT / General

 

FIC027390 FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Bisexual

 

FIC027190 FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Gay

 

FIC027210 FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Lesbian

 

FIC027400 FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Transgender

 

FIC027410 FICTION / Romance / Medical

 

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

 

FIC027440 FICTION / Romance / Paranormal / Witches *

 

FIC027420 FICTION / Romance / Police & Law Enforcement

 

FIC027250 FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy

 

FIC027450 FICTION / Romance / Royalty *

 

FIC027130 FICTION / Romance / Science Fiction

 

FIC027330 FICTION / Romance / Sports

 

FIC027110 FICTION / Romance / Suspense

 

FIC027090 FICTION / Romance / Time Travel

 

FIC027100 FICTION / Romance / Western

 

FIC027430 FICTION / Romance / Workplace

 

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 History see Alternative History

 

FIC028070 FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic

 

FICTION / Science Fiction / Christian see Christian / Futuristic *

 

FIC028040 FICTION / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies

 

FIC028140 FICTION / Science Fiction / Crime & Mystery *

 

FIC028100 FICTION / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk

 

FIC028110 FICTION / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering

 

FIC028020 FICTION / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction

 

FIC028120 FICTION / Science Fiction / Humorous

 

FIC028050 FICTION / Science Fiction / Military

 

FICTION / Science Fiction / Romance see Romance / Science Fiction *

 

FIC028130 FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Exploration

 

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

 

FIC074000 FICTION / Southern

 

FIC038000 FICTION / Sports

 

FICTION / Sports Romance see Romance / Sports *

 

FIC063000 FICTION / Superheroes (see also COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS /

Superheroes)

 

  FICTION / Television Tie-In see Media Tie-In

 

FIC031000 FICTION / Thrillers / General

 

FICTION / Thrillers / Christian see Christian / Suspense *

 

FIC031010 FICTION / Thrillers / Crime

 

FIC031100 FICTION / Thrillers / Domestic

 

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

 

FICTION / Thrillers / Romantic see Romance / Suspense *

 

FIC031070 FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural

 

FIC030000 FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

 

FIC036000 FICTION / Thrillers / Technological

 

FIC031090 FICTION / Thrillers / Terrorism

 

FIC048000 FICTION / Urban

 

FICTION / Urban Fantasy see Fantasy / Urban *

 

FIC039000 FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical

 

FIC032000 FICTION / War & Military

 

FIC033000 FICTION / Westerns

 

FICTION / Westerns / Christian see Christian / Western *

 

  FICTION / Westerns / Romantic see Romance / Western *

 

FIC044000 FICTION / Women

 

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