Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Walkabout Wednesday: Genres Explained... by a 7 year old

It's Wednesday. Let's go walkabout.
(I'm bringing along a few of my mates as I wander through the vast wilderness of the publishing industry, learning the ins and outs, and having a grand adventure.)

Walkabout, Week 43:

Genre classifications can be tough. Knowing precisely where a novel fits on the genre spectrum is not always easy. So I consulted an expert and compiled this fail-proof description of various genres as explained by a 7 year old.


  • Horror - "If the good guys are dying, especially if they're dying with lots of blood and scary stuff, that's horror."
  • Fantasy - "Fantasy is the books with all the made-up stuff, like animals that talk like people and people that look like animals and that stuff."
  • Science Fiction - "If the book isn't true, but it has science, that's science fiction. If it has science and it is true, then that's a school book, and that's boring."
  • Romance - "That one's easy. If there's kissing, it's romance. If there's more kissing than talking, that's gross romance."
  • Historical - "Historical means the people are really old and they live in really old places. Sometimes they talk funny. And they always wear weird clothes."
  • Children's/Middle Grade/Young Adult - "That one's tricky. You know it's a kids' book if there's not a lot of dying or kissing or bad words. But the teenager books have dying and kissing and bad words, just not as much as the grown-up books, but sometimes more... like if there are vampires. Vampires kiss a lot, even more than dying, but I don't know if they say bad words. I just read the children's stuff."
  • Mystery - "If you don't understand it, it's mystery."

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Braden said...

Awesome explanation!

Marsha Ward said...

Just perfect!

Kimberly said...

I am so hugely impressed (and amused)! Your kid's a genius.

Karlene said...

Love that! Especially the "gross romance"--LOL!

Valerie Ipson said...

Thank you so much for the clarification!

Cassandra said...

I love it. It is so cute and fun.

Matthew Buckley said...


Karen Adair said...

BWAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. The little ones always nail it, and aren't afraid to say it like it is. "Gross kissing." I love it. I've gotten a lot of hilarity from my own children but never thought to have them define something before. Thanks for the laugh (and the idea). :)

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Best explanations I've seen yet!

Annette Lyon said...

I GET it now! Brilliance!

Melanie J said...

I have never, EVER seen it explained better than this. I just read it out loud to my husband and the house painting crews. Result? Guffaws.

mormonhermitmom said...

I think the kid hit it right on the nail! Unless its vampires and then its right on the stake.

Shantel said...



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