Andrew Wheeler’s take on Terry Goodkind’s new book deals.
One of the things the post got me thinking about was the idea that by writing mainstream novels instead of genre, you’re somehow a better class of writer.
Is it a holdover from the days of ’50s pulp? Or is it just the rather odd concept that the majority of genre writers are mediocre hacks churning out formulaic by-the-numbers kak in order to meet deadlines?
I like to write stories about people and things that interest me. Strange things, strange people. Guess if that makes me a genre hack then I’ll happily wear the mantle. It just saddens me that we compartmentalise fiction so readily, and that often translates to people not reading a book because “all that fantasy crap about dragons and elves” or “westerns in space – I don’t get it – give me a book about normal people.”
Which makes very little sense to me because I don’t think any story is totally driven by Joe Ordinary. We read and write about people bigger than ourselves – whether it’s romance, SF, literary, thrillers, chicklit, or mainstream.
So – what’s your opinion?