This blending of genres and sub-genres is not a new animal. I’m not sure when it all started or what was the first genres to go through the mash up process. What I do know is that this genre blending’s been around a whole lot longer than I have. Classifications of genre fiction like romantic suspense, sci-fi romance, historical mystery, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance though some aren’t older than me, prove that.
I can be self-absorbed at times so it took me the longest time to figure out that there are a great many people out there that have a smidge of trouble with this blending. They rank it up there with letting their food touch on the plate as a pet peeve. Their idea of blending when it comes to their books is to grab up ‘cowboy’ or ‘billionaire’ romance. That’s plenty of blending for them, thank you ever so.
Now see, I’m pretty much the opposite. Not only do I not get all that fussy if my food touches, I’m not particular if an author leaves me scratching my head about what genre to classify his or her book. So long as that puppy was a riveting read, no sweat for me if I just read a historical sci-fi romantic suspense. Although, yeesh, aren’t those hummers tough to set up in a review post? LOL
I actually feel pretty grateful when all’s said and done for genre fiction blends. Without them, there are a fair few of genres that I probably wouldn’t have picked up – or at least not as soon as I did.
The first one to do it for me was Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Never touched a YA book since the genre emerged until I read Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I won’t say it was the best YA PNR I’ve read, but it did it’s job. Door opened.
Next, it was Paranormal Steampunk Romance. Hadn’t considered that I might like Steampunk until I picked up Bec McMaster’s Kiss of Steel. Vampires and automatons? Devoured that series and more.
Back to YA, I read Partials by Dan Wells and my love for Dystopian bloomed into a near fixation there for a while. Up until then, not sure I found the end of the word a setting I was into.
But somewhere along the way, I learned to love sci-fi when I picked up No Words Alone by Autumn Dawn and M/M when I thought I was getting an M/F Age of Sail Romance in Ransom by Lee Rowan.
And just this past fall, I experienced my first zombies due to genre blending in a YA Horror Romance called Warm Bodies.
So what’s your take on blending? Are you a keep my carrots from touching my potatoes no blending sort or are you one who likes it? If you like it, what’s your favorite blend? Or what blending of the genres has you curious?