For my entries in the 2012 A to Z Challenge, I will be focusing on writing elements that I find important and that I want to incorporate into my work.
Today, the topic is GENRE.
Among some devotes of the written word, there is a dividing line: Literary fiction versus Genre fiction. Depending upon which side of the fence you sit, your stereotype might be:
-- Literary Fiction is deep, moving, thoughtful, and artistic. Genre fiction is commercial, idiotic schlock put out for mass consumption by bourgeois peasants.
-- Genre Fiction is involving, exciting, and emotionally gripping. Literary Fiction is dry, boring, pretentious puffery read only by snooty snobs.
The less-confrontational stereotype is that Literary Fiction focuses on characters and Genre Fiction focuses on plot.
Frankly, I don't accept any of the stereotypes.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I think the best fiction is character-driven. But I also want excitement and gripping plot twists. So I write 'Genre' fiction -- mysteries, science-fiction, horror, and other speculative formats -- but I focus on characters. I love the blend of both and think that when done successfully, it really makes for the most complete and compelling reading experience.
Character AND plot. Excitement AND art. I want it all, damn it!
That's my chosen genre.
What about you?
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