How many times have you picked up a book because (beyond the fact that it looked interesting) it was in a particular genre you favor, only to read it and go “Uhm… yeah, that wasn’t a (xxxxx) book. What in the world were they thinking?”
One of my pet peeves is people thinking that just because a book contains a vampire or a werewolf, it belongs in the horror section.
This book does NOT belong in the horror section, people. It just does not. Why? There is no scary here. None. Not even a little bit. Zilch. Zip. NADA! Please, put this work of glittery brainlessness in the romance section where it belongs.
Now, I have no problems with cross-genre listings, either. But I do like to know upfront about them. It needs to indicated somewhere on the back if it does substantially cross genres.
The back of this book gives you no indication that its heavily on the side of smoochies. Now, given that it was written by someone I knew from romance novels, I had a feeling romance would play into it… but not a lot of people instantly recognize an author’s name. So, while I was prepared for a side of smoochies, I didn’t expect a solid half of the pages to be devoted to the romance aspect. I have learned my lesson. I will always check out the Goodreads synopsis from now on. It would have warned me of the romance aspect.
Who decides if a book gets placed under a certain genre? Is it the author’s initial push to market it as such? Or does an editor or somebody step in and go “Oh yeah, this is definitely a (xxxx) type novel.” ?
I know there’s an age-old debate about fantasy versus sci-fi, and people can get incredibly technical in their classifications of it. So, that debate doesn’t really do anything for me. But what about..
You see that one often all grouped together, but each are a separate subgenre. Now, I know there can be an obvious difference between a Mystery and a Thriller… but what about between Suspense and Thriller? What’s the difference between those two to you?
…anyways, yeah, what are your true definitions of genres? What ticks you off as what you consider a common miscategorization?
Talk to me!