Blame it on psychology. According to all the personality tests I’ve taken over the years, and I’ve taken quite a few, I don’t fit neatly into any one category. I’m neither, I’m both, and only rarely do I achieve a balance between any two extremes. I even blur the line between introvert and extrovert. Perhaps that’s why I’m never completely happy with a book that isn’t just a little bit edgy or twisted or bent; one that doesn’t stretch or straddle the boundaries between genres; that doesn’t seek to blend disparate elements into one, unique whole.
The subject of genre-blending puts me in mind of the Thanksgiving episode of Friends where Rachel unintentionally combined parts of two different recipes—for English trifle and Shepherd’s pie—resulting in a dish that only Joey could appreciate: “Custard—good. Jam—good. Meat—gooood!”
Sometimes I feel that’s a lot like my own approach to story-crafting. A case in point would be my newest release, Iron, which combined several of my favorite sub-genres into what could be categorized as either a historical and/or a paranormal erotic romance. Is it more one than the other? I think I’m too close to the subject to know. Could it have worked as either a “straight” historical, or a “simple” paranormal, or even as a “non-erotic” historic-paranormal romance? Not for me, it couldn’t!Which makes me all the more fervently thankful for epubs and their willingness to accept a book on its own merit, and not its easy shelveability, so to speak. *g*
It’s not really the fault of traditional publishers, however, and I understand the problems they face. After all, a physical book must be shelved in an actual location—it can’t really occupy two places at once. A virtual book doesn’t have that limitation, it can exist in several sub-genres all at the same time.
I suspect that, as ebooks gain in popularity, we’ll see the rise of even more blended books until, someday, combinations such as sci-fi romantic suspense, comedic paranormal contemporaries, or cozy steampunk mysteries will be the norm.
And why not? Fantasy—good. Suspense—good. Erotic romance—gooood! Put ‘em all together and really…where’s the bad?
So what about you? Do you like your romance blended, or straight up? And what new combinations might you be eager to try?
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