Genre Matters

Some of the most interesting debates about literary genres arise among so-called “genre fiction” readers and writers. The four writers who host *Writing Excuses*, for example, regularly make very fine distinctions either among the genres which they author (fantasy, horror, etc.) or about tropes within those genres (e.g., a secret history, a quest, etc.). I listen to the podcast through an iTunes subscription, but they also have a [website][]. Similarly, I have previously linked to various discussions on [Tor.com][], including this [link][] to a post that tries to synthesize a Twitter conversation that then leads into further discussion in the comments, all of which are quite thoughtful.

[website]: http://www.writingexcuses.com
[Tor.com]: http://www.tor.com/
[link]: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/02/sleeps-with-monsters-epic-fantasy-is-crushingly-conservative

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