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Genre Reconsidered ~ Reader-Driven Fiction


I was in a hangout with Eric Dorsett tonight on Google Plus.

I felt inspired to ask him what I should blog about and he said, “Genre.”.

Some of you may have noticed the strange punctuation at the end of that last sentence.

That’s the way the maverick in me wants it to look and that brings me to what I want to say about genre; right after I mention three previous posts

Do You Write For The Reader or Should You Write For Yourself?, What Is A Genre & Should You Try To Write In One?, and  Genre, Genre, Who’s Got The Genre ? :-)

At the end of that last post, I wrote: “So the question of whether a writer should try to write in a particular genre could become completely moot. What matters most is good writing, creative writing; even writing that pushes hard against genres and rules and conventions–steps up to the literary plate and belts one out of the authorial park :-)

So back to that maverick streak in me with a few questions for you:

Do you think the wave of self-publishing, which seems to be promising the reader more say in what gets published, could lead to readers “shaping” the whole concept of genre and driving a transformation of what genre means?

Can readers inform authors in such a way that they write in “new” “genres”?

Will the increased interaction between writer and reader being facilitated by social media eventually make “genre” a useless concept when judging a book?

Is it conceivable that the reading public could select books based on plot characteristics or character interactions or theme arcs?

Do some readers do that now?

Should more readers demand that authors forget about genre and write what the unique combination of theme, plot, and character demands of their creativity?

Am I a hopeless dreamer?

Do you have answers for any of these questions??
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