Guilty about stressing over genre? Read this.

This is a very true, very humorous way of looking at how people treat writing genres. I like to think of my work as urban fantasy, because it’s a term I’ve seen used in respect to a number of authors who write similar tales to mine. I’m not talking about people who want to be published, but people like Laurel K Hamilton, Stephany Myers, Jim Butcher, and several others.Now all these authors include elements of the supernatural, and paranormal into their works, but they are not considered writers of those genres. This has always made me curious about how genres are defined. When I worked in my local library, we had categories for books: Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Westerns, Horror, General Fiction. That was pretty much the scope of how the books broken down into genres. Over the years there has been an increasing number of terms appearing that attempt to define how a book should be classified, all in an attempt to tempt a certain kind of audience to pickup those same books.Would Laurel K Hamilton have had as much success if she’d marketed the Twilight series as romance books? Or was it the supernatural elements that made them successful. Would Jim Butcher’s books have sold as well, if he’d sold them as old fashioned gumshoe books? Harry Dresden really is an old-school private investigator, who just happens to be a wizard.Is it time to start removing genre biases all together? Can books be marketed successfully without all these genre/sub-genre labels, in a world where thousands of new books hit the shelves every day?


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