Saturday, July 12, 2014
But she had a grand story of her own going on. So we had a Playmobil doll house (the BIG one) and a generic dollhouse, which portrayed the "Jurassic Park Houses", or action central. And a rotating mix of the Jurassic Park people and her favorite Star Wars people, some Hercules and Xena characters and a few random "Willow" action figures did a lot of battle with dinosaurs, aliens, mythological baddies, Darth Vader, Skeletor....there were some Cabbage Patch babies that lived at the houses and the furniture was a mix of plastic, my grandfather's toys, American Girl accessories and Barbie. There were Legos underfoot and the Death Star overhead.
Epic. We are talking epic beyond the wildest dreams of Spielberg or Lucas.
OK, so when I'm reading, I don't personally want quite that much of a mix in my books. Sometimes I want to read Regency romance and let my duke waltz without having to keep a crossbow handy for zombies lacking Almacks' vouchers. I don't mind if people write their stories that way though. I don't tend to mix genres so much when I'm writing but that's just the way my Muse thinks.
The way I understand it, genres originated as a sales tool, so retailers would know where to put all the romances or the science fiction or the mysteries on the shelves, and the readers would know where to browse for either the familiar or the new-to-them. Like supermarkets put the radishes in the produce section and the M&Ms in the candy aisle. I think in the brave new world of ebooks and being able to have pretty much everything the way you want it, when you want it, there's still a use for identifying by genre - maybe the most significant genre of the book? But then being sure to make it clear to prospective buyers in the blurb that zombies may be in the mix. Or aliens or Egyptian gods or whatever!
But I don't think anyone should feel hemmed in by genre. If you have a great story just screaming to get out and it "breaks genre barriers" like crazy, WRITE IT. You may be discovering The Next Big Thing for all we know.
Posted by Veronica Scott
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Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything.