Book Genre Stigma 

When it comes to where we should place our novels among the vast amounts of genres, we suddenly come to a standstill. The pressure to fit our prized possessions neatly inside the genre boxes can cause such a stir within an author. For an author to categorize and break down where their novel would fit best, is like telling them you have to write a particular structured way. If you stray from the norm, your novel loses momentum due to its multi-genre effect. Genres have been structured so particular, that even if you believe it should be placed in a specific genre, society tells you otherwise. Why have the genre categories not grown with the demand? Why are we still under such regimentally structured rules?
Out of all the genres, romance has the most controversy of whether or not to claim a book as romance. Though you have to realize, we live in the year 2016 where life and love has completely changed. One of the biggest structuring rules is if your novel does not end with an HEA it cannot be classified as a romance. Love is complicated, simple as that. Where do we place our romance novels that don’t end in HEA but have every other aspect of ‘romance?’
Novel writing has developed into writing from the heart, which means anything could happen in that story. These days, it’s the norm to have a multi-genre novel, but society has not changed its rules to support the demand. It is not right to tell an author their book does not fit into a genre just because it doesn’t add up to X-Y-Z. Every reader and authors vision of a book genre differs. We all see these genres in a different light, just as we see every story in a different light.

 

Writing from a Realistic Perspective

Some may say I am not your typical fictional author, some may even say the writing isn’t even fictional. Though the stories that ignite inside me need to be told, even if they are not the typical or normal fictional novels you would expect. Not saying that all the novels planned to be written or that are currently being written will fall under the un-normal category. Maybe this is a warning, but do authors really need to warn the public about their writing style? Can an author be just an author, without being labeled, or put into a perfect little box of genres?

The branding I have created is simple “Colliding Reality with Fiction”. It speaks to what the stories have to say or the stories in which will be created. You can say that I am taking the real world and manipulating it into a fictional story. The objective is to reach out to those suffering in a non-abrasive way, in a way they can relate. Feel as though they are being understood, provide hope and comfort within the pages.

The world is an ugly world—filled with hate, bullies, and unrealistic expectations. Everywhere you turn there is another label being plastered on someone or something, even the press creating false articles about individuals to gain popularity. Society has created an unrealistic world, a world that no person can actually say “I belong in the world in which society has defined as the real world.” None of us actually fit inside the box that has been created, and labeled “life”.

Sadly, this is what our world has become. It’s become a world in which thrives on the weak, valuable and wealthy. Have we all forgotten that every single one of us, regardless of where we come from, what we do for a living or even who we associate with, that we are all human beings. Human beings who have feelings, and emotions.

The stories that wrap around me, that shake me, are stories in which will speak through societies labels and negativity. The characters will break through the stigmas and labels, causing the stories to become the reality we desperately need. The stories will shed light on difficult topics that get swept under the rug, and get left behind.

We talk about novels having “HEA”, “Cliffhangers” but what about SD (self-discovery) ending? Let the characters be their own hero’s, let them defeat the odds, and help change society for the better.