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Genre Fiction

Mara White's Top Ten Reads of 2016

Mara White | Posted 12.29.2016 | Home
Mara White

I read a lot of books. Mostly romance and its various sub-genres. I'm also drawn to suspense and I pepper in some literary fiction too. I love novels ...

Should Novelists Stick to One Genre?

Warren Adler | Posted 08.31.2016 | Home
Warren Adler

As the author of over fifty works of fiction, people have asked me why I don't concentrate my work and pursue a single genre. They point out that genre writers, especially those who specialize in serial genres, reap the greatest commercial rewards. They have a point and the evidence is clear.

Genre Snobs Are Everywhere

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.27.2016 | Home
Lev Raphael

The contempt these mystery readers sometimes feel directed at them gets recycled as they express disdain for books they don't like which have been written and enjoyed by people they have to denigrate. That's not an argument or even a defense: it's blatant insecurity.

Should You Track Word Count While Writing a Novel? Yes, No, and Maybe So

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.15.2016 | Home
Holly Robinson

If you eavesdrop on a conversation between writers, it's easy to mistake talk about craft for something else. Marathons, maybe. "I had such a slow d...

'Kill and be Killed,' A Conversation with Louis Begley

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.05.2016 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Louis Begley Louis Begley is best known to readers of literary fiction for his observations about life among the upper crust denizens of New Y...

Guess I'm a "Trans-Genre" Writer

Phil Fragasso | Posted 12.07.2016 | Home
Phil Fragasso

I recently had a new novel accepted by a publisher. When people ask about the book, they usually want to know three things: the title, the plot, and t...

Book Critics Don't Exist To Flatter Your Taste

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.25.2015 | Arts

“Unlike critics who write about film or food or music, book critics are rarely required to engage with popular material,” Jennifer Weiner wrote in...

For Novelists, Success Is Not Monetary

Steven Petite | Posted 07.17.2016 | Home
Steven Petite

We live in a world where success is considered to be directly correlated to the amount of commas in a person's bank account, and to some degree, success and monetary returns are tangentially related.

Tempted to Read Your Own Book Reviews? Resist!

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Home
Holly Robinson

At the end of the day, writers can't worry about what readers think, want or buy. We have one job, and one job only: to follow our passions and put words on the page, creating books that we, ourselves, feel proud to have written.

A Talk With Peter James and Ian Rankin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.13.2014 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Internationally acclaimed, their books have been translated into dozens of languages, and are regularly on best-seller lists. Peter and Ian are being interviewed together since they collaborated on a story in Face Off, a collection of short stories by some of the world's greatest thriller writers.

Why Do Readers Get Pleasure From Bad Things Happening To Good People?

Daniel Palmer | Posted 07.02.2014 | Home
Daniel Palmer

Why is it bad things happening to good people makes for such compelling, dare I say, pleasurable reading? There is a universal appeal to peeking into the miserable lives of others that has nothing to do with schadenfreude in its purest definition.

What Kind of Fiction Do You Love to Read or Write? Maybe It's Time to Push the Genre Envelope

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Home
Holly Robinson

Is my novel a mystery? Is it literary fiction? Yes, and yes. But it's still considered women's fiction in the marketplace.

Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction

Steven Petite | Posted 04.28.2014 | Home
Steven Petite

In reality, neither of the two categories of writers necessarily deserve the distinction of being better writers. Different writers is a better word choice.

Murder, She Read: Why Bad Deeds Make Good Fictions

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 09.08.2013 | Home
Evan Gottlieb

Why is it generally considered not only acceptable but even pleasurable to read about adultery and murder when society doesn't tolerate them in real life?

Should You Publish Your Own Novel? Four Things to Think About

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.13.2013 | Home
Holly Robinson

I'd heard all sorts of horror stories about writers giving away the bulk of their royalties to publishers that gobbled up profits in huge percentages. We indie authors keep most of our sales. Was I doing the right thing, saying yes to a publisher when I'd already done the tough work of going indie?

The Art Of The Cliffhanger

J.E. Fishman | Posted 03.16.2013 | Home
J.E. Fishman

Every genre novel is a novel of suspense. The literary novelist desires the reader to ask, "What does it mean?" The genre novelist wishes more than anything to hear the reader ask, "And then what happened?"

What Classics Will Our Century Produce?

Warren Adler | Posted 03.06.2013 | Home
Warren Adler

Will 21st century authors produce any classics? As the number of books of fiction produced each year approaches staggering numbers, classics bookshelves must find themselves frustrated in their search for the needle in the proverbial haystack.

When Dystopian Fiction Becomes Reality

Theo Lawrence | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Theo Lawrence

There is no denying it: Hurricane Sandy is one of the biggest disasters that we as Americans have ever had to face. This past week, I've watched as friends, family, and fellow residents of the Tri-State area lost their lights, their homes, and even their lives.

The Future of the Novel

Warren Adler | Posted 12.02.2012 | Home
Warren Adler

The book business has become a competing stew of infinite taste sensations that are offered up increasingly sliced and diced, and composed for an increasing segmented reading public.

A Graphical Approach To Literary Vs Genre Fiction

Michael Kardos | Posted 11.05.2012 | Home
Michael Kardos

Any distinction between genre and literary fiction matters less than it once did. For this, I'm glad. Yet as human beings, we need categories. With this in mind, I offer a simple graph

PHOTOS: Awesome Book Genre Signs For Dubai Bookstores

Posted 06.28.2012 | Home

Today, we came across this awesome art that designer Patrik Svensson did for Jashanmal, a chain of bookstores in the United Arab Emirates. The sig...

Why We Need To Get Over 'Genre Guilt'

Noreen Tomassi | Posted 06.04.2012 | Home
Noreen Tomassi

At New York's Center for Fiction where I'm director, we support what is now called literary fiction. But we also just created the country's only MFA-quality program devoted to crime fiction writing. No one should feel any shame in reading genre fiction for pleasure.

Top 10 Fantasy Love Stories

Theodora Goss | Posted 04.15.2012 | Home
Theodora Goss

Here are my choices for the top ten fantasy love stories, both ancient and modern. Fair warning: none of them involves sparkly vampires!

4 Thriller Scenarios That Should Be Banned

Brad Taylor | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Brad Taylor

When I began writing military thrillers I was eager to use my past experiences to breathe some realism into a genre I felt was sorely in need of it. I quickly found out that it was a double-edged sword.

Is Literary Fiction A Sham?

Maddie Crum | Posted 01.12.2012 | Home
Maddie Crum

Genre labels can kill books, and oversimplify narratives. If we aren't to group books into categories with such prejudiced or dismissible undertones, then how else can we label literature? Here are a few suggestions.