Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What is "Genre" ?

Dear Reader,

Here's something for you to read.


Get an understanding of the different genres and determine what genre you story (novel or screenplay) falls under.

This info is from an email I got from GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS.

Novel Genres Defined: Insights, Tips and Definitions from Literary Agents Questions  

Sometimes you've written a book, but for the love of all that is holy, you can't quite figure out what exact genre or category it is. For help on defining and examining genres, I turned to literary agents and asked them all kinds of questions. See all their answers in my Writers in the Storm guest column here: "Genres Explained: Insights, Tips and Definitions From Literary Agents." In the meantime, here are some questions I asked:

-- The difference between high fantasy and urban fantasy 
-- The confusion between urban fantasy and paranormal romance
-- Mystery vs. thriller
-- On an agent's willingness to work with a book that straddles two, three, or even four genres 
-- On what constitutes crime fiction
-- On the categories of children's fiction (young adult, middle grade, early readers, etc)
-- On classifying erotica, romance, erotic romance, and women's fiction
-- On classifying a book as LGBTQ. (Read the entire column here.)