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Three Things I Don't Write

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Thanks to Milo James Fowler for tagging me in the Three Things I Don't Write, And Three I Do blog hop.

So, three things I don't write:

1. Romance. Don't get me wrong, I consider myself a bit of a romantic. And romance, love and lust obviously figure a lot in my stories. But I couldn't sit down to write a "romance". It would end up something like this:

Boy meets girl. Unfortunately at that precise moment the aliens invade/the zombie apocalypse kicks off/the veils between our world and the lands of faerie are torn asunder. Our heroine and hero are pursued relentlessly by alien/undead/fae nightmares. There is much upset and difficulty. Some people die. In the end our couple emerge triumphant. In a final scene that lasts about three seconds they share a romantic kiss. Surrounded by the remains of the alien/undead/fae nightmares...


2. Horror. I never set out to write horror. Despite my best efforts (and the efforts of others - hi Debs!) it's not a genre that gets me. Although, things I've written have been called "dark fantasy" and some have, I suppose, elements of horror. It's probably just a matter of labels. I love Lovecraft, for example, and have written mythos stories. Is that "horror"? It always seems like straight fantasy to me.

Still, never say never. Perhaps I'll give horror a go and find I love it one day...


3. A story in which female characters are nothing more than weak, passive victims and male characters do all the interesting stuff. Like saving the world and, indeed, all the weak, passive women. Fuck that shit.



And three things I do write:

1. Urban Fantasy. I love the very idea of the weird and fantastical intercepting our own, mundane world. Stories that mix places I know with otherworldly events are just completely cool.


2. Science Fiction. Always loved SF. The sense of wonder it fosters is something no other literary form can touch, in my view.


3. Hard-To-Label fiction. I love to write stories that blur the lines between genre boundaries. I'm quite happy to mix up fantasy and literary fiction and SF to see what happens. Mind you, it can make it hard to find a home for the resulting stories...



So, there we go. And I have to name three other people to give us their list. But, tell you what, I know we're all busy, so we'll do this on a first-come, first-served basis. First three to leave a comment saying they're next are officially picked...


20 comments:

  1. *rushes in*

    Lovecraftian fiction is catergorically horror! It deals with themes of exsistential dread, loneliness, it's got bleedin' monstrous evil gods that lurk unseen beneath the fabric of reality. Is Horror. You write horror! And rather good horror.

    *calms down*

    oh the HORROR!

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    1. Heh. Evil gods lurking unseen beneath the fabric of reality - all good. I just don't experience an emotion like "horror" when I read that stuff. It's just cool. So I find it hard to call it "horror". But I appreciate you saying I I do it well even if I don't know I'm doing it!

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  2. Hey, you've lost the little box for the reader to receive follow up comments. Did you know?

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    1. You don't see the "Notify Me" checkbox?

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  3. Yay for fantasy! I agree with Deb, and love that Evil gods lurking line. Horror is kind of a visceral reaction probably more for the MC than the reader, but if the reader feels some kind of uncomfortableness for the MC, whether they're trapped in a space pod or an ugly romantic situation : ), well, I call that horror. **On the follow up issue, I couldn't seem to reply to Deborah's comment, but maybe that's user error.

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    1. Thanks, Erin! Maybe I am doing horror without realising it then!

      Odd about the Reply thing. It comes up here. I'll check from some other computers when I get chance...

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  4. Oh, look. It's come back. Unless I was having a moment. Very possible

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    1. Judging by your and Erin's comments, I suspect it's Blogger that is having a moment...

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  5. That's my idea of romance too!

    I've written two bedroom scenes so far and they were a row, and a pillow fight. I don't think I'm cut out to write romance or erotica.

    And I love, love, love sci fi.

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    1. Agreed - I must write more sci fi.

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  6. One of these days I want to pen a space-western romance and completely befuddle my Regency-reading wife.

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    1. Heh, that sounds fun actually. Make sure it reads like a Regency novel for the first five chapters at least, then bring the aliens in unexpectedly...

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  7. LOL "Fuck that shit"

    I feel your pain with the 'hard-to-label fiction' but fwiw, I like your stuff, with or without labels ;)

    I got tagged for this hop too. I really ought to get my butt in gear and write my post...

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    1. Thanks! And, yes, you should write your post. I'd love to know what you come up with...

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  8. I never set out to write "horror" or "dark" stories but even as a kid, I wrote kids-running-away-from-scary-people-in-the-woods type of stories. I do like blurring those genre lines, though, too. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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    1. The dark stuff does creep in, for sure...

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  9. You should totally do romance with a twist! LOL!!! Take care
    x

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  10. Not a fan of wimpy women either, and I know what you mean about those crossover, genre-bending tales. Fun to write, very difficult to find homes for.

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    1. Yep. Still, sometimes you gotta write what you gotta write...

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