Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Genre Jinx


It seems anything written today with a vampire in it makes it to publication, but for those of us who prefer not to turn Abe Lincoln or Jane Austen into a bloodsucker, what are the best selling alternative genres out there? I get a lot of conflicting impressions from agents, as some prefer to go with genres that are popular right now, whereas others shy away from the current flavor of the month as they believe the market is already too saturated.

Regardless of what sells or not, what are your favorite genres to read and write? Literary, historical, sci-fi, fantasy, westerns, thrillers, mysteries, young-adult, children's, chick-lit, and romance are all pretty widespread genres from which to choose. More quirky genres have also taken center stage in the last few years, such as steampunk and teen-specific just to name a few.

Obviously, there's too much out there to describe, especially if we get into the realms of non-fiction, memoir, biography, poetry, etc. etc. So what are your favorite genres? What subject do you prefer to write about and what types of books are the ones you just can't put down?