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Cross Genre Writing

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

Last week, Dawn discussed cross genre movies. This week, I’m talking about cross genre writing. Some successful examples include Cinder by Marissa Meyer, The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong, Bad Blood by L.A. Banks, Glass Houses by Rachel Caine, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid.

Successful cross genre stories have a base genre which is influenced by another one. When pulling from multiple genres, it’s important not to loose credibility or believability. A werewolf mistakenly transported into civil war times has a direct impact on certain aspects of the story focus. For example, the character’s personality and disposition may remain the same, but the rules for the setting and how said werewolf interacts with characters of that time shifts to historical. He can’t pull out a cell phone and phone a friend to get him back to modern times.

Writing cross genre fiction requires balancing the tropes of the genres and understanding their effect on plot, character, setting, ect.

Do you read or write cross genre fiction? What draws you to it or puts you off about it?

Do you have any cross genre books to recommend?

Happy Reading and Writing!



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