TYPO OF THE WEEK
Real Mistakes, Real Laughs:
Air bases were built on captured islands of Tinian, Saipan, and Guam but they were barley within the range of the long-range bombers.
(hope the bombadiers weren't on gluten-free diets)
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Take "chick lit," for example. This genre, whose name is taken from the cinematic "chick flick," (i.e., the mushy story women love)has been so popular in the recent years that it's spawned sub-genres like "mommy lit," "lady lit," and "lad lit." If it seems hard for writers to pigeon-hole their markets, imagine what the poor readers must experience.
The tenacious fiction trend right now is the paranormal novel, what used to be called "ghost stories." Over the past decade, writers of this genre watched it try on different names: metaphysical fiction, New Age fiction, visionary fiction...until the "paranormal novel" took root and spread. Not to be outdone by chick-lit, the paranormal has its own sub-genres such as vampire, life after death, and fairy. There's even a sub-sub-genre called "vampire romance," which must be Fabio biting your neck.
So the next time you ask someone what she likes to read, don't expect a simple "fiction." More likely it will be something like "literary historical speculative roman-a-clef novels." But don't worry; no doubt someone is already penning "Fiction Genres for Dummies."
Novelist Cynthia Polansky's newest book is paranormal "thinking chick's lit" REMOTE CONTROL (Echelon Press 2007). To find out what that means, visit www.cynthiapolansky.com.