Working out my novel’s genre

This should be easy.  When you cross several genres,  it starts getting tricky.  It’s not really fantasy.  It could be cosy fantasy but that’s such a lame-sounding description.  The series is going to have bits of sci-fi too, just to make it even more awkward.  “Fiction with a bit of magic” – is that a genre yet?!

This article seems helpful:


About susannahjbell

I am a writer of science fiction and other strange and surreal works. I mostly write novels and the occasional novelette. My published works include A Doorway into Ultra, the Fleet Quintet and the Exodus Sequence. I live in London in an attic flat but really want to live in a tree. I wanted to be an astrophysicist but would settle for an alien abduction. I write because I don’t know what to read.
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One Response to Working out my novel’s genre

  1. I have this same problem. I end up characterizing my work as science fiction or speculative fiction, but feel very uncomfortable about it. It has a more literary approach than usual for those genres, but if I try literary fiction, that isn’t really true either. Then there are the other components like religious and romance themes that complicate things even further. I understand that genre categories help sales, but it sure is frustrating.

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