Last Week’s Discussion:
Limited by Genre
We talk a lot about genres in the monthly event I co-host, Calendar Girls, and it got me thinking. I read in very specific genres. Am I limiting myself? Am I missing out? What if I could broaden my mind and imagination and writing skills if I read more than just my favorite genres? Let’s see what the discussioners thought!
“I definitely agree that a healthy variety is good in all things, but it all comes back to why. Reading for fun often means indulging in less than admirable literary choices, but we’re all free to like what we like, and I think we can all think back to at least one time where we felt pressured to read something because it was “good”, and it felt a lot like work.”
“A person can only feel limited if they personally feel that they are missing out on something and then they can choose what else they want to know.”
“To the point that we shouldn’t box ourselves in, that we should broaden our minds, I definitely agree. I think my hesitation stems primarily from the whole concept of genre — the categorization is more a marketing tool, I think, than it is a writing tool.”
“In some ways I hate the idea of “genre”. In today’s world, even more than in the past, if you write in genre A, then you have to have x, y and z happen or everyone will hate your book. I’ve read some great books by great modern authors, but I’ve read too many of them that follow that cookie-cutter pattern”
It would seem we have opinions on both sides of the fence: those who support branching out and those who see it as unnecessary. Additionally, we seem to have quite a bit of frustration with ‘genre.’ It seems this has become a too rigid classification for books that is, in fact, limiting the ability to tell stories and has a tendency to cause good stories to fail. Hmm… perhaps this is something we readers should bring to attention of the marketing industry??
Check out this week’s discussion on Thursday at 10am EST:
Hardcover vs. Paperback