Don't Judge a Book by Its Genre

August 3, 2016

Thought for the day: the genres of fiction. Each serves up something people want. Romance ramps up feelings of longing, desire, and fulfillment. Horror appeals to itchy mean streaks, dark imagination, and adrenaline-seeking. Sci-fi creates imaginings of what can be--either utopian or dystopian or somewhere in-between and satisfying the reader with other-world scenarios. Popular versions of the above offer pure escape. Literary fiction is not so much escape from reality but a look at reality, at the human condition. Literary fiction is less predictable than popular versions of the other genres, but the genres of romance, horror, and sci-fi can be literary: "Gone with the Wind" and "Fahrenheit 451" are examples of romance and sci-fi/futurism that are literary. Horror? Some of Stephen King? Definitely Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." So we can't dismiss a work simply because of its classification. It might one day be a classic.




Please reload

Featured Posts

We Can All Use a "Which Way Tree"

October 6, 2019

Please reload

Recent Posts

April 12, 2019

April 18, 2018

Please reload

Follow Me
  • Facebook Classic
  • Twitter Classic
  • Google Classic