Genre bending is an interesting thing. Ever notice how some of the most popular movies all contain elements of action, drama, romance, comedy, and sometimes even fantasy or science fiction? Look at Harry Potter, for example. It’s part fantasy, urban fantasy, coming-of-age, contemporary magic realism, drama, with bits of comedy here and there? That’s because stories are about characters. And let’s face it – characters aren’t always genre specific. You may have a crime solving heroine thrust back in time to the middle ages only to discover she has to battle aliens with the ending result that she finds out who really killed JFK. Now *that* is a book I’d like to read.
Or maybe geriatric superheroes decide to rob a bank in the old west by using a time machine built by an alien wizard who runs a quirky petshop in downtown Detroit.
I’d even be open to a romantic comedy where a sumo wrestler falls in love with a centaur and they move to an outpost on one of Jupiter’s moons and start up a space tow-ship company.
The ideas and possibilities are endless. The more a book bends genre, the more interesting it becomes IMHO.
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Today’s post was inspired by the topic Genre Bending this month’s topic in the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
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