July 20th, 2010

writing - slave

30 Days: Genres

8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

I'm having a hard time deciding how to answer this question, because I'm honestly not sure what genre I write in. The fandoms I write in are unquestionably all fantasy fandoms, although narrowing it down further than that is difficult, and does that make everything I write fantasy by default? I'd say not -- I almost never focus on the fantastic (ie. magic) elements, but rather on the characters, their interactions, the politics, the world building. I'm certainly not writing speculative fiction by any standard definition of the term (although if my FFX-2 in Space story ever gets finished, I might be able to claim sci-fi). I write about couples fairly often; does that mean I'm writing romance? Drama? Tragedy? It's almost easier to list the genres that I don't write: horror, mystery, comedy (usually), crack (very often).

As for reading, I always say that I'll read almost anything, but in practical terms I read speculative fiction. Mostly toward the fantasy end of the spectrum, although I enjoy good science fiction, too. In terms of fanfic, as with my writing I'm more interested in the characters than in the "genre". Tell a good story, be true to the characters, and I'll read it. That's pretty much all I require.

And now, back to trying to wrestle this porn battle story into shape...

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