So here is the usual weekly recap before we move on to the fun stuff.
- Posted Weekly Quote #11 ~ Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Scheduled a review for Monday
- Did ALOT of research looking for new blog ideas
- Got DSL and loving it. Yay!
Are Sub-Genres Even Useful?
I can't take full credit for this question. I got the idea while I was reading my favorite fantasy forum and somebody asked what constituted "Dark Fantasy."
Curious as to what the "official" definition was I went looking. What I discovered was -- there isn't one. Oh there were alot of opinions but none of them agreed with the others. It literally meant something different to different people. Including me. My definition didn't exactly match any of the ones I found online.
But that was just an example. I've read Epic Fantasy that was anything but epic. I've read Epic fantasy that to me, was actually sword and sorcery. It has gotten so bad that I have no idea what anything is anymore. I even got asked to review a book recently that was billed as sci-fi when it was clearly secondary world pure fantasy; no aliens, no technology, no mention of space or the future at all. Of course maybe I have no idea what sci-fi means anymore either.
So my question is, how seriously do you take how a book is marketed when choosing what to read? As near as I can tell, that is all those labels are, marketing tools. They have very little meaning outside of that. It appears like some publicist decides a book will appeal to epic fantasy, dark fantasy, sci-fi or horror fans and so forevermore, that book is filed under that genre. Even if the contents prove otherwise.
So what about you? Do you...
Have a different take on the whole thing?
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