Genre Reading

For some reason, people think that writing in a genre produces work that has inherently less literary value than writing literature. Literature is the type of writing that sweeps you away with the words, rhythms, descriptions … Genre writing evidently plods along to predictable tropes without any flashes of anything remarkable.

That’s harsh. And not entirely accurate – or at least not accurate across all authors.

The same general attitude seems to carry over to what people read. There are people who only read literature – roughly designated as such by the NYT and Oprah. There are other people who read genre works as designated by genre associations.

I will read just about any type of novel. I also read a lot of nonfiction. Which leaves me knowing that those who avoid one type of book for another are definitely missing some good stories.

What about you? What do you favor?

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