Jay Lake’s Handy Guide to Genre Distinctions

From jlake.com

  • General fiction — Nothing to explain
  • Literary fiction — If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand it anyway
  • Mystery — Explain what happened
  • Thriller/Technothriller — Explain how it happened
  • Romance — Explain who it happened to
  • Western — Explain what lily-livered varmint gone and done it
  • Horror — Explain what’s about to happen
  • Science Fiction — Explain everything in technical detail
  • Fantasy — Explain everything in nonsensical detail
  • Magical Realism — Explain nothing
  • Surrealism — Go fishing for ice cream

3 responses to “Jay Lake’s Handy Guide to Genre Distinctions

  1. *laugh* Now I’ve got a fishing for ice cream song stuck in my head. It’s to the tune of ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’. *laugh*

  2. *snicker* I think that needs to be made up into a t-shirt. If I can ever shake Mr. Heck up into opening that EMF cafepress store, I’ll see if Jay will hand over the data for a Good Cause….

  3. Surrealism — Go fishing for ice cream
    *snorfle* Love the list. Thanks!
    Found my way over to your journal through and discovered that not only do you know her, you also know and –and then realized that we’d actually met at an Ambercon. You were in Jack’s Neverwhere crossover game, weren’t you? The mapmaker? Nice to see you again!

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