I’ve rambled about genre before. I’m not going to repeat myself and say what genre is or isn’t or what not.

This is, instead, a vague response to a trend I’ve noticed. I’ve seen a lot of posts recently discussing why science fiction and fantasy are important. How they can help society and such. I don’t disagree with such things on principle. The use of genre can make a theme resonate more. Genre is a device of its own that must be used well so that your story is expressed the way it ought to be. What genre your story is in affects how the story is told and what is being told.

Going back to science fiction, there is one example that show cases its potential for showing the truth of society. That piece of sci-fi is Star Trek. I’ll be referring to The Original Series here, but it doesn’t really matter: I’m not using specifics. The use of setting as a future idealized world allows the show’s narrative to tackle the same topics from a different perspective. Instead of presenting race issues as they existed in the 1960s, they are ignored. It shows a world where the …

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Being a (Female) Author

Because for some reason there has to be a distinction.

There was this show on the Syfy channel called Warehouse 13. It was a solid family-fun flick about a secret warehouse that contained legendary objects of famous people, things like Ferdinand Magellan’s Astrolabe. It had a way of using the watcher’s knowledge and expectation of history as a base and making a story out of twisting it.

One of those ways was the introduction of H.G Wells. As in, the renowned author. I will not go into details on how the author came to be in the present day, but it happened. And it was magnificent. Why?

Because in Warehouse 13‘s world, H.G Wells was not Herbert G. Wells, but Helena G. Wells.

That’s right: H.G Wells was a woman. In the show, she explains how she had to publish her work through her brother if she wanted to have any hope of it seeing appreciation.

Fast forward to now, and there are still struggles for female authors. It is still a male-dominated world. Self-publishing is working in favor of women, but there are still

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Genre Expectations: the expectation that when reading a humor book you are going to laugh.

That when reading a women’s fiction novel women are going to be portrayed strongly. That a mystery book is going to have a mystery.

Genre expectations are basic ideas about a book’s premise that you can ascribe to it based solely on knowledge of genre.

Not all of these ideas are going to be correct, some of them are most certainly going to be wrong. But we still have them, because each genre has its own ‘cliches’ and ‘tropes’ that the novels of the genre typically follow in one way or another. There are trope-killer books, like Game of Thrones. In GRRM’s novels, the ‘hero’ doesn’t get magic-plot armor, and the ‘good’ guys die (a lot.) Or there are books that are basically 100% cliche, of which I cannot name because they are not that memorable.

The go-to for finding cliche’s and tropes. Tread lightly.

There are thousands of tropes out there, judging from the content of the above site (warning), and all authors fall prey to them in one way or another. But tropes themselves are not a bad thing. They are just …

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