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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