Popular genre fiction or writing for the masses
The romance genre fiction
The bodice-ripper syndrome
A genre by women and for women
The majority of commercial writers are women. Most are prolific, often considered a curse and the mark of a less than serious writer, and the majority do a lot of research. They like what they do; they love their genre. Traditionally, the romance genre accounts for the majority of book sales and the writers probably make more money than most other writers. While they dislike the fact that their books are often dismissed, they console themselves by making more deposit trips to the bank.
Science fiction often falls into two camps. The hard sci-fi where the focus is more on technology and the softer kind that is culture, people, and world oriented. I cut my reading teeth on these books. My dad worked for NASA and every table had a stack of books by the famous and great sci fi authors. Many were of the hard type but my mom was fascinated with the softer style so we had both.
I loved Asimov and was so taken with his prodigious output. The Foundation series captured my attention right away. The Lensmen series by Doc Smith was another of my favorites. Ray Bradbury’s writing style and use of language remains legendary. His book Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity
They mystery genre fiction
Combining the best of two worlds: literary and genre
The horror genre fiction
I love horror. Been a fan since I met one of my favorite authors through the pages of his horrific stories like The Tell-Tale Heart. Yes, I’m a Poe girl. Edgar Allan Poe remains my favorite author in this genre. Today Stephen King has become the grand literary master of the genre and rightly so. He has managed to take it to a whole other level and writers would do well to study his work. His book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is another must-read for writers.
The fantasy genre fiction
Young Adult genre fiction
That’s it for our round-up. No way we’re tackling the sub-genres today. Tell me what you think. Have fun and if you’re an Armchair BEA particpant, have a great time.