Genre Bullshit

Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Someday I might wake up and decide, “gee I’m only going to write Cheesy Erotic Paranormal Incubis Romance for women ages 32-33,” but I doubt it.

I get that genres help readers to find what they’re looking for, once upon a time sub-genres didn’t even exist, unfortunately now we have sub-genres for sub-genres. It’s getting so mechanical that as a reader I miss the days of walking into my local bookstore and just finding books.

I guess I’m weird. I never cared if I read fantasy, biographies, books about the biological makeup of plants; I just loved to find something new. Something would catch my eye and I’d read the first page.

Those days seem to be gone.

I recently had a reviewer question my new release, By the Stars, because they couldn’t determine if it should be adult, new adult, or young adult. It’s about a mom who…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emilio Corsetti III
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 17:44:15

    I totally agree. I’m a fan of nonfiction narratives. But try going online and searching for new nonfiction narrative books. Can’t be done. Everything is categorized ten levels. Take for example the book the Perfect Storm. Here is how it is categorized on Amazon Books > Science & Math > Nature & Ecology > Ecosystems. What? How about having a category like true stories? At least in a bookstore they have a shelf called new nonfiction.

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  2. Jeremy Turner
    Aug 14, 2015 @ 18:10:16

    Smack on the mark there, JG!
    All the best, JT AKA #AnimalTales



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