I elected not to attend the big annual writing conference this year because I’m tired of being harped at about genre. In today’s market, the universal “they” who hold the steering wheel tell me that genre fiction must be able to be trimmed, tightened, and forced into very particular parameters. The result is the literary equivalent of prefab cheese slice product.
Aren’t we as readers smarter than this? Yes. Don’t we deserve better? Yes. I don’t believe genre fiction should be so limited. If fiction is art, I believe our imaginations should be able to test the barriers that divide the genres.