Monday, May 09, 2005

Genre, Oh the Horror

Genre writing is not something to be ashamed of. Really.

If you look at my links you will notice one of them is for spec writing, that is speculative writing. What used to be Science Fiction and Fantasy has now evolved into speculative writing and has embedded elements of many genres.

It is enough to look at some very mainstream fiction to note how the authors of this respected literary venue also dip their hands into the genre elements. Noble winner Toni Morrison has clearly delved in to the supernatural in Beloved. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood or 1984 by George Orwell are pure science fiction books that have become classics. One of the best selling authors of all times, if not the best is Stephen King, whose horror writing is as critically acclaimed as it is plentiful.

The point? Don't shy away from genre fiction if that's where your heart lies.

Direct Links to:
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

  • 1984 by George Orwell

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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