Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Genres

Single writers do not create a genre: movements do. When you have more than one doing something in a new direction, that's a new genre; but for someone to create out of whole-cloth a term just to describe what they're doing (and nobody else uses that term), then you need to question whether they're not "new, fresh, and/or unique" but rather are "weird, incompetent, lazy, or worse."

I say that because I know I haven't created anything new and unique in the world--nothing Earth-shattering--perhaps one day I will, but until that day comes, I'm just a guy writing trying to have a good time while doing so.


  1. I'm not entirely sure I'd agree with you about single writers not creating genres. Tolkien practically invented modern fantasy and where would sci-fi be without Asimov? Montaigne practically invented essays and Romeo and Juliet made the huge move of combining comedy and tragedy.

  2. Tolkien really just took the exxisting Odinic sagas and modified them to suit his needs, nice, but it wasn't really "groundbreaking." And Sci-Fi had much earlier roots with H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. Asimov, though a killer writer and theoretician/scientist, really only added to what had already begun: a movement. (And let's not forget Clarke!)

  3. Oh, and Shakespeare basically stole Romeo and Juliet from a far earlier tale of "Pyramus and Thisbe." (forgot to add that)