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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami July 28, 2016 - 1:29am

Just to give an idea of what I mean, like all the available punk genres out there. Some are even absolutely redundant like Post Cyberpunk and Cyberprep.

Like why not just go with a simpler catagorization model? I mean I'm not exactly an alley of cis hetero-normative upper-class white male literary fiction communities before pulp fiction, but it's like punk in particular has gone way out of control.

I started using Guillotine Western, New Mainstream, Knights And Inner Space, Borgianesque just to get away from all this punk genre nonsense.

Like I had to drop science fiction altogether back to Gothic romance and horror cause all the micro-catagorizes have gotten ... just silly and at times redundant.

I just want to indulge in the tragic romance of my pet cyber/dream girls based on borgias, and then just move on with my life. I don't need to so many catagories. I'm a lesbian.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel July 28, 2016 - 6:49am

I would suggest that you just tell the story you want to tell, the way you want to tell it, without getting sucked into what everyone else is doing stuff.

Who is the character you really want to write?

Where do you want this character to live?

What is the conflict?

Write the story.

Hell, you could go the way of Gulliver's Travels and take your character on a winding adventure through each of those genres just so you can show why they work and don't work. It can be completely political so you can raise yet another fist against the "cis hetero-normative upper class white male literary fiction community" ala Yasbir Puar.

Side thought: I don't know any current cis hetero-normative upper class white male literary fiction writing books in the community besides those from authors who are now dead, or just about to die. I know of upper class white males who write nonfiction in another peacock display, but not literary fiction. I know men who have wrote, struggled, and finally gained notoriety because of it, but none that started off upper class.