For More On Genre
Masks In Storytelling (about transgression comedies and transgression thrillers)
I think it’s a lack of exposure to contemporary YA lit that makes adults refer to it as a “genre.” Much of the time when people say “the YA lit genre,” what they really mean iscategory rather than genre, and that’s fine. However, I recently attended a talk by an author who had been writing adult genre fiction and was working on her first YA novel, and she kept referring to the characteristics of the YA genre, as if all YA books were somehow fundamentally the same.
The same would apply to short stories. Short story is not a genre; it’s a length.
Likewise, women’s fiction is not a genre; it’s a marketing term.
And if YA is a category rather than a genre, then it follows that there’s no such thing as ‘the genre of children’s literature’. That, too, would be a ‘category’.
Right now I can picture my dad watching the Emmys & muttering “reality shouldn’t even be a category” & my mom telling him to shut up.
Related Link: Genre Theory — continued, from Michael Rosen.
The Labryrinth of Genre is a web app which helps you to find subgenres of a genre.
Children’s books are also sometimes referred to as a ‘genre’: “The genre has come a long way over four centuries. “Early children’s books tended to be solemn and purposeful,” Marcus says. “They were created to teach a moral lesson of some kind and they spoke to the child from on high.”
— The Atlantic.