I’m over at the Storyreading Ape’s jungle today. We’re talking about genres and emotions. Come on over and weigh in.
If you’ve been writing any length of time, it may have dawned on you that “The Rules” are more like the Pirate Code. They’re more like guidelines.
Source: The Whine Seller
I write speculative fiction, and all of these genres come with some expectations. If the author doesn’t deliver on those expectations, the reader will be disappointed. This is something I agree with completely. This usually involves the way the world functions, and a lot of background to the story. Woe to the author who proclaims his newest book is fantasy, then doesn’t include any magic or fantastic creatures.
Science fiction is almost two genres now. (Or dozens if you want all the sub-categories.) There is hard science fiction, where readers expect you to predict the future to some degree, and where all of the science makes logical sense. There is also a softer science fiction, where the setting is…
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