Misused: Genre Busting get usage counts
Deadlock Clock: 5th Jun 2013 11:59:00 PM
By nature humans are both imitative and creative, so work creators naturally draw inspiration from a wide variety of sources. Sometimes the result is hard to categorize and describe, however, so they may try listing it as a string of genres melded together. For instance, a work comedy set in a police department in a setting with copious amounts of Magitek might be called a Science Fantasy Work Com Cop Show. Done poorly, it's just confusing, but Tropes Are Not Bad and melding seemingly disparate genres frequently produces a result greater than the sum of its parts. Games seem to be particularly prone to this, partly because the definition of the word "genre" is twofold in that medium: games have both a setting genre and a gameplay genre. One entire subgenre, the Action RPG, owes its existence to the combination of more actiony gameplay with the story and character generation elements of the classic CRPG. Supertrope to Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly, which is a hopefully seamless fusion of music genres. Contrast Genre Roulette, which is where the work jumps between multiple genres rather than blending them, and Genre-Busting, where the work doesn't fit into any recognizable genre at all. See also Fusion Fic, which is a fanfic that does this to a particular set of works rather than entire genres.
EDIT: Incorporated "contrast" reference to Genre Roulette.
edited 20th Apr '13 8:38:32 PM by StarSword
- Up is a comedy/drama/tragedy/jungle adventure/WW 2-style pulp adventure/talking dogs/extremely difficult to categorize but highly enjoyable movie.
edited 28th Apr '13 6:36:53 PM by helterskelter
You need to Get Known to get one of those.