November 12th, 2005

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Jay's Handy Guide to Genre Definitions

Found this, from an old version of my Web site, remembered it from a comment made in this workshop I'm at. Thought you folks might enjoy it. Amendments and alternative suggestions appreciated.

GenreDistinguishing Characteristics

General fictionNothing to explain

Literary fictionIf I have to explain, you wouldn't understand it anyway

MysteryExplain what happened

Thriller/TechnothrillerExplain how it happened

RomanceExplain who it happened to

WesternExplain what lily-livered varmint gone and done it

HorrorExplain what's about to happen

Science FictionExplain everything in technical detail

FantasyExplain everything in nonsensical detail

Magical RealismExplain nothing

SurrealismGo fishing for ice cream