Author in Search of Her Genre
Books that fit into a genre usually attract more readers. Mystery? Romance? Paranormal romance? Paranormal teen romance?
Or steampunk, perhaps. Genres have lots of subgenres. From Urban Dictionary: "Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting…." Which is cutting it pretty fine, in my view.
With so many subcategories, you'd think most any writer could find her or his proper bookshelf.
But I have yet to find mine. Or at least one that is recognized.
*Spooky sexy novels about religion
*Stories of the plausibly supernatural
*Poking around in the sacred and profane
Cobalt Blue is by far the toughest volume to shelve. Still, it could fit a number of places:
*Literary visionary erotica
*Fiction on addiction
*Gritty tales of alchemical sex
*Midlife breakdowns of disturbing origin
*Sagas of difficult and uninvited religious experiences
*Shockingly-dark-and-yet-gloriously-transformative crises in the lives of women
Reviews will sometimes praisefully call a book or movie "genre-busting." But show me the shelf in a store that contains such books.
We just need more genres, that's all. Enough genres for everyone. So that I and my three peculiar "children" will cosily fit in.
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