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.

3 comments:

  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.

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  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!)

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

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