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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

FIC049030      FICTION / African American / Erotica

FIC049040      FICTION / African American / Historical

FIC049050      FICTION / African American / Mystery & Detective

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

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

FIC069000      FICTION / City Life *

FIC004000      FICTION / Classics

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

FIC005010      FICTION / Erotica / BDSM

FIC005020      FICTION / Erotica / Collections & Anthologies

FIC005030      FICTION / Erotica / Gay

FIC005060      FICTION / Erotica / Historical

FIC005040      FICTION / Erotica / Lesbian

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

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

FIC014010      FICTION / Historical / Ancient *

FIC014020      FICTION / Historical / Medieval *

FIC014030      FICTION / Historical / Renaissance *

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

FIC046000      FICTION / Jewish

FIC034000      FICTION / Legal

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

FIC022000      FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

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 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

FIC027340      FICTION / Romance / Billionaires *

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

FIC027420      FICTION / Romance / Police & Law Enforcement *

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

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

FIC028040      FICTION / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies

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

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

FIC063000      FICTION / Superheroes

                      FICTION / Television Tie-in see Media Tie-In

FIC031000      FICTION / Thrillers / General

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

FIC031070      FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural

FIC030000      FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

FIC036000      FICTION / Thrillers / Technological

FIC031090      FICTION / Thrillers / Terrorism

FIC048000      FICTION / Urban

FIC039000      FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical

FIC032000      FICTION / War & Military

FIC033000      FICTION / Westerns

FIC044000      FICTION / Women

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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