I can vouch for the fact that having been in love (several times) doesn't neceesarily help one write romantic scenes. I guess being the author, and being one of the characters (so to speak) are completely different experiences. Romantic scenes are one of my weakest areas as a writer, I pretty much just avoid them, and I know I have to change that.
@Anyone: Who in your opinion writes the best romantic scenes?
@nrjxll: So your objection isn't with classifying works into genres in general, but with YA in particular? I suppose you can argue that the publishers aren't using the category very skillfully (mostly because they don't understand the audience, which is a research issue). I presume, therefore, that if they did market such works more intelligently, you would have no objections?
@Vyctorian: I agree that the YA classification cuts across many other genres, but that it also approaches those genres (or should approach them) in a unique way.
@Night/others: "Nothing the publisher does is required to serve a purpose to the reader. It's not even required to serve a valuable function to the publisher. Belief is not reality; and your faith does not make it so."
Perhaps not, but the market does. They can experiment with various products and approaches for a short period of time, but if in the end it doesn't help move product, they will abandon it, or go broke.
@Everyone: I'm also feeling amused by the tropers who wanted to attack Romance as a low quality genre and were forced to backpedal. Heh.
@Montmorency: "Then again, genre codification seems to have that effect in general. The arbiters are wonderful pieces of fiction, but as the genre solidifies, it tends to grow formulaic and rigid. I guess it's hard for writers to think out of the box once it's been constructed around them."
If it's the authors
who are doing that, then that's the author's responsibility to change. Though I will say that there is a general understanding that a new author should first master their genre, before going on and breaking the rules.
If it's the publishers
who are doing this, again the market will fix that. If there are readers who want something "outside the box" then some method will arise to get it to them.
@Night (19316): "Basically since Yukikaze dropped in 1984 Japan has been releasing truly great sci-fi novels on a regular basis."
I've read IQ 84
. Any others you can recommend?
edited 22nd Apr '13 7:10:12 AM by DeMarquis
I do not compromise—I synthesize.