December 3rd, 2003

books

Jay Lake's Handy Guide to Genre Distinctions

From jlake.com


  • General fiction -- Nothing to explain

  • Literary fiction -- If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand it anyway

  • Mystery -- Explain what happened

  • Thriller/Technothriller -- Explain how it happened

  • Romance -- Explain who it happened to

  • Western -- Explain what lily-livered varmint gone and done it

  • Horror -- Explain what's about to happen

  • Science Fiction -- Explain everything in technical detail

  • Fantasy -- Explain everything in nonsensical detail

  • Magical Realism -- Explain nothing

  • Surrealism -- Go fishing for ice cream

  • Current Music
    some odd tune in my head about fishing for icecream