So yesterday I went through my box of notebooks/binders/stuff etc. and I realized that I dabble in at least four different genres. I'm not really one for genres. It's irritating when people judge something based on its genre and not the thing itself. I've read books from genres that I've always said had no interest to me and I like the book. It was a great book. Now normally books categorized in that genre hold to interest to me. No excitement. But because I gave it a chance I found a really good book.
Also, on the subject of genres, for some reason it bothers me when people lump science fiction and fantasy together. Totally not the same, nor should they be considered the same or thrown together on sites and what not. Anyways.... the genres I most enjoy reading (and writing) are fantasy, science fiction, horror, and action (action adventure?).
One more thing regarding genres. Like a lot of aspiring writers I have looked at "guide books" for writing. Some for general writing and more specifically for the genres I was writing in. And I found it really irritating some of the things that were said. The things that seemed to be pushed across as "concrete rules". Example: In science fiction I've came across one thing time and time again. That you need to research the science in your story. Like the real life science. Say living on a different planet. "They" say to research the progress that has been and is being made on said subject. That way you are more "believable" or "credible" to your readers. But why? I mean it's fiction. It's my story, my world, my writing. If I want to make up some crazy unrealistic reason as to how humans can live on the sun then why can't I? Why does that make my story anything less than a "credible" sci-fi story?
Basically what I'm saying is that I feel people are misusing the term genre. Now it's a way to separate people into groups. Why can't everything be on it's own platform? I have my own "genre"... things I enjoy.
So yeah. That's me ranting about something silly! How do you all feel about genres? What are your thoughts on them?