Depended multi-selected boxes

As , you have use mutliple in your select-box so the value returning is in array .If you will do console.log($(this).val()) output coming is in (array) i.e :[..].So , currently your code just take one value not other .Instead you can use each loop again to iterate that array value as well.

Demo code :

$(function() {

  var $cat = $("#genre"),
    $subcat = $("#book");

  var optgroups = {};

  $subcat.each(function(i, v) {
    var $e = $(v);
    var _id = $e.attr("id");
    optgroups[_id] = {};
    $e.find("optgroup").each(function() {
      var _r = $(this).data("rel");
      optgroups[_id][_r] = $(this).html();
  var _lastRel;
  $cat.on("change", function() {
    var _rel = $(this).val();
    if (_lastRel === _rel) return true;
    _lastRel = _rel;
    $subcat.find("option").attr("style", "");
    if (!_rel) return $subcat.prop("disabled", true);
    $subcat.each(function() {
      var $el = $(this);
      var _id = $el.attr("id");
      //if arrray contains all option
      if (_rel.indexOf("all") > -1) {
      //loop though options
        $("#genre option").each(function() {
        //append options in other selects
      } else {
        //loop through values got from selctbox
        $(_rel).each(function(index, value) {
          $el.append(optgroups[_id][value]); //passs that value
        }) //close

    $subcat.prop("disabled", false);

<script src=""></script>
<label style="font-weight: bold">Choose the literary genres</label>

<select name="genre" id="genre" multiple>
  <option value="all">All genres</option>
  <option value="classic">Classic</option>
  <option value="romance">Romance</option>
  <option value="sciencefiction">Science fiction</option>

<label style="font-weight: bold">Choose the books</label>
<select disabled="disabled" class="subcat" id="book" name="book" multiple>
  <option value>All books</option>
  <!-- Home Ware -->
  <optgroup data-rel="classic">
    <option value="classic_book_1">classic book 1</option>
    <option value="classic_book_2">classic book 2</option>
    <option value="classic_book_3">classic book 3</option>
  <!-- Education -->
  <optgroup data-rel="romance">
    <option value="romance_book_1">romance book 1</option>
    <option value="romance_book_2">romance book 2</option>
    <option value="romance_book_3">romance book 3</option>
  <!-- Books -->
  <optgroup data-rel="sciencefiction">
    <option value="sciencefiction_book_1">science fiction book 1</option>
    <option value="sciencefiction_book_2">science fiction book 2</option>
    <option value="sciencefiction_book_3">science fiction book 3</option>

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