Love Thy Genres

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  1. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek November 19, 2013 at 8:12 am .

    It is an interesting distinction, isn’t it? And perhaps one that is given after a book is read and reviewed. Goes back to write your heart, do it well, worry about the category later, perhaps. Thanks Nicole for sharing on the blog today.

  2. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey November 19, 2013 at 10:25 am .

    I used to think literary novels were the ones I didn’t understand, but quality writing and meaty content, no matter the genre, are far more important than that label. What good is a “literary” novel with an important message if it’s pretentious and difficult to read? And how fantastic is a fantasy, romance, or suspense novel that teaches us something about the human condition? “Every story has something to give.” I like that.

  3. Reese Ryan
    Reese Ryan November 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm .

    I enjoy both literary fiction and genre fiction, but I we’re taught to be snobbish. To think that genre fiction is less important because the reader can get through it without a dictionary at her side. Even among authors of genre fiction, there is often a tendency to have this type of thinking. For instance, a science fiction writer looking down on romance, or vice versa.

    I love your closing paragraph. It’s a beautiful way to think of fiction of any genre. Reading genre fiction often does make me question world, or at least my own decisions. As a writer, I hope my stories have the same effect upon readers.

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