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Friday, June 29, 2012

Reading Genre Fiction in a Multi-Genre World

Writing single genre fiction is fine as far as it goes, but the reality is we live in a world of mixed genre. While this may be inconvenient to traditional publishers and the few remaining brick and mortar bookstores, it’s a fact of life. Art imitates life where our lives have a certain amount of mystery, romance, history, and occasional flights of fantasy. Mixing genres in fiction enriches the tale and helps the reader place the story in the familiar.

While literary fiction is less about the story and more about the characters and why people do what they do, genre fiction is about plot. Read genre fiction because you enjoy certain types of stories like sci-fi, romance, mystery, or thriller.

But keep in mind that the stories you enjoy most will have a literary quality to them. The author went deeper than will be obvious when reading for the plot alone. A second or third reading will reveal theme, creative structure, word plays, character foils and other literary devices that make the book more enjoyable with each reading.

Literary is less about the story and more about the characters and why people do what they do.

Genre fiction is about what happens next in a certain type of story. Read genre fiction because you enjoy stories in the genre – sci-fi, romance, mystery, and thriller.

And speaking of thrillers, please consider Fulfillment, click here for Amazon or click here for paperback. It's pure suspense/thriller, horror, mystery, romance and spiritual warfare.

Here’s another novel idea…
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