Here's my current draft for the description. Thoughts?
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