So, this came up in a thread elsewhere, and I’m curious to know if anyone behind the structure of the Community has considered it.
Most of the genre categories here are, to put it bluntly, dead. Stone-cold. I doubt people even visit them, on the simple expectation that nobody will see, let alone reply to, their threads. I am lucky to be at home in the Fantasy category, the most active by a long shot, and as we were chatting there, the possibility came up of merging genre categories with similar themes to reconstruct some semblance of community for the people who write in those genres.
Horror and Mystery/Thriller could go well together, and I might be wrong, but Paranormal often seems to share a lot with both of them.
Chick Lit, Romance and Teen Fiction probably have a lot of themes in common, and Chick Lit is a very inactive category.
Action and Adventure are almost always merged in user-run Wattpad contests already, and fit well together. Adventure also has major overlap with Fantasy.
Classics and Historical Fiction strike me as very similar, and the former has the dubious distinction of being the least-active genre category of all.
Merging categories would bring writers from smaller genres into conversation and engagement with much larger groups of people, allowing cross-pollination of similar themes and ideas, and overall giving them a more active place to belong. That said, I’d be interested to hear what people from those smaller categories might think of my proposal here.