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Is ‘genre-bending’ and ‘genre hybrid’ a reality or a fallacy? Has plot changed since Shakespeare or the Bible?

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Gerald Jonas Quote: “As a genre-bending blend of police procedural and  science fiction, The Silk Code delivers on its promises.” (7 wallpapers) -  Quotefancy

Genre Specific

I enjoy good genre fiction – my favorites being fantasy, science fiction and mysteries — more or less in that order. You know what you’re going to get from books labeled with these genres. Generally, the categories are broad enough that I’m not bored and I won’t be put off by anything jarring from the plot.

On the other hand, sometimes marketing people get caught in grooves that begin to resemble ditches. When every book of a particular genre reads pretty much like every other book of the same genre, I find myself halfway through the latest book having already written a close approximation to the ending and — well, why bother?

Thankfully, now that writers have broken out of the Big Five matrix, some authors are getting frisky and daring. Some of the books I’ve enjoyed the most have been ones that don’t exactly fit in a specific genre, which is what we mean by “genre-bending.


Any book (or it can be a movie) that doesn’t fit neatly into one single genre is a genre-bender. That fantasy with a strong romance thread to it is an example of a genre-bender. Han Kang’s The White Book is a memoir with threads of poetry and storytelling. I say I don’t read romance, but I used to regularly enjoy mysteries that had romantic elements.

Genre-bending books offer unique features outside the literary norm and because they don’t conform, they grab our attention in ways books that stoically stick to one genre sometimes don’t. It’s like going on a vacation to a place you’ve never been before and finding surprises around every corner.

Writing is true creativity because you have incredible freedom. As writers, there’s no reason to be stuck in a rut, thinking we have to follow certain plot points or character arcs.

Don’t Limit Yourself

Sometimes I get ideas for stories that don’t fit into a neat genre. Back in my early days of exploring self-publishing, I encountered advice that said my writing had to fit into various boxes or it wouldn’t be “marketable” That may be true if you’re first trying to market your books to a staid, traditional publisher, but self-publishers like me are marketing out books to readers and I think readers are more adventuresome than trad publishers, so we can throw caution to the wind, take chances with our imagination and perhaps create a truly unique story that bends all the rules and really invigorates modern literature. .Not all readers, but many want to be challenged and surprised by the different ways writers tell stories.

Posted March 2, 2021 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop, Uncategorized

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  1. I despair at seeing rows of near-identically themed books in shops. Which is why I only read indie these days, they are the ones taking a chance and writing something that bucks the trend. Because there is no pressure on them from a publisher to follow the latest revenue stream.

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  2. A procedural with elements of SyFy is actually not bent but Mystery – Crime Fiction – procedural – dystopian. The Libraries and the Marketers need all that. Combining elements of SyFy and Procedural – right there is additive, not mangled. Now is it hard boiled or cozy or legal or forensic? Elements of romance or Danger Barbie and Hunky Ken? There are stories, and there’s central casting and wardrobe. I was told it’s like going to Chipotle and the basket or the tortilla is the Genre used to wrap up all the stuff inside. And that made a lot of sense. Because when I did Synth or audio clinics I always boke signal flow down on the front end to gazendas. This gazenda that and that gazenda these and when all the gazendas are lined up you have a system. Or a burrito. Or a story.

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  3. Some of the sub-sub-genres have such tight rules it’s crazy. I don’t know why anyone would want to write for them!

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    • Christie’s cozies had rules. Plug in the characters and means. There are all sorts of rules about violence on of off stage, profanity, amount of sexual or professional tension… How many times has every PI on the planet been told they were about to lose their license, or every busybody Danger Barbie been told to go home and get out of the way? Like the lady said in the clip, even if you found something new, our readers wouldn’t stand for it.


    • Yeah. I try never to think of marketing when I’m writing a book. I think I get a better novel that way and then I can concentrate on marketing it afterward.


  4. I agree. I know this is random, but when I read frisky writers, I got the giggles. I think writers are quite frisky, but usually we are seen as rather boring.

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