Goth is [not] Dead: (Sub)Genre-Chat

culture, fantasy, fiction, gothic, history, inspiration, learning, novel, romance, sci-fi, short stories, themes, writing

C. M. Rosens

Horace Walpole is credited/blamed for kicking off the ‘Gothic’ literature genre in 1765 with his novel The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Tale, which was intended as a subtle joke. Walpole meant ‘Gothic’ in the sense of ‘barbarous’ or ‘derived from the Middle Ages’, but his supernatural tale of perverse obsession and melodramatic tragedy sparked something of a movement to which his epithet was permanently applied.

From the 1790s, novelists like Ann Radcliffe (surely the Grandmother of the Gothic Novel) rediscovered Walpole’s fevered imaginings and ran with them, even though her novels always had natural, Scooby-Doo-esque conclusions finally unravelled by her meddling-kid protagonists. They were beautifully trashy novels, (stereo)typically read by impressionable and repressed young ladies by candlelight (probably with their nightgowns delicately draped over heaving bosoms, which is how I like to imagine it). It took other, braver (or less inhibited) authors like Matthew Lewis and his…

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What Genre is Your Book?

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Brain Clutter Blogs

Hey, everybody! How you categorize and promote your book is crucial to making it successful, so today we’re going to talk about selecting that all-important genre for your book! Let’s jump right in!

Look At Similar Titles 

What are some titles with a similar story/feel to your book? While I’m sure your story is fantastic and unique, finding books with similar plots, themes, etc. can help you choose the genre for your book.

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Next, figure out what genres those books have been placed under. For example, if your book has a similar plot/feel to Lord of the Rings, and Lord of the Rings is a fantasy book, your book is likely fantasy, too!

Themes & Topics

Your themes and topics are an important factor to help narrow down what genre your book falls under. Certain themes and topics are prominent in certain genres.

For example, if your book Fighty, Stabby 

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Writing Sex

Character, Characterisation, Creative Writing, Description, Editing, Exposition, Genre, Narrative Structure, Photography, Sex, Writing, Writing Advice

Jesse's Studio

This week we’re looking at writing sex in fiction, whether romance or any other genre.

  • Tuesday – What’s With Sexy? Why are we including sex?
  • Wednesday – Getting Sexy, Looking at the importance of emotion when writing sex.
  • Thursday – Metaphorically Sexy, The difference between using metaphors in a sex scene and writing metaphorical sex.
  • Friday – Realistically Sexy, A list of important points to consider when writing sex and a few quick fixes.
  • Saturday – A new episode of Rum Cove

Graphic showing the ebook and paperback of Victorian Mistress

Victorian Mistress, the edited version featuring bonus story First Meetings, is now 0.99 on Kindle in the UK, US, Europe, Canada, and Australia.


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Genre in Depth: Romance

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Fictionally Sam

Genre in Depth is a new series on Fictionally Sam where we delve into different genre and see how they began, their characteristics, and books within that genre, etc. New genre every first and last Wednesday of the month!

Welcome to February folks, the month of love and chocolates–or if you are super single like me, the month of single awareness. These next 28 days (especially the first 14) are a time here in the States; people from everywhere show their appreciation for those they love through grand gestures, sugary sweets, popping the big question, and taking out the trash without being asked. As for me, this month is a time where I binge read a crap ton of sappy love stories that will remind me that I’m single and my period is about to start. Like I said, a time.

But speaking of love stories–in this installment of Genre…

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the horrors that linger

Black Horror, Film, genre, Horror, movie, response

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It’s interesting how horror works as a genre when combined with Black characters. Of course Black characters matter in terms of representing the population on a surface level, but presenting Black characters in horror stories, amidst our already horrific past, elicits a much deeper sense of dread when played out on screens. Horror by itself is already rooted in reality somewhat—everyone has seen a creepy doll like Annabelle or been spooked by the cemeteries that appear in several horror stories. I think what separates, and perhaps elevates, Black horror from general, superficially scary stories is the deep knowledge that the things typically depicted in Black horror were once (and still are) very, very real.

Related imageEve’s Bayou (1997) dir. Kasi Lemmons

What made me think about this, in particular, was Terence Taylor’s “Wet Pain”, which may not even be ‘typical’ horror with evil spirits and possession, depending on one’s interpretation of…

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FACT: Documentary Doesn’t Mean Fact, Anymore.

cinema, cinematography, documentary, ethics, manipulation, nonfiction

Desiree Lindsay

WAKE UP! Documentary doesn’t necessarily equal facts, at least not anymore. Welcome to the era where documentaries are beginning to dominate as the public’s source of news, information and thought. A recent study found only 6% of Americans feel they have a “great deal of trust in the press.” So with the combination of our lack of trust in news, documentary cinematic and emotional appeal and streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix – documentaries and their views have sky rocketed and drastically evolved over the last two decades.

Documentaries are reaching audiences never before seen. They’re shaping culture and society and now have the power to influence people to change their vote, donate to that cause, consider that person innocent, consider that other person guilty, boycott animal products, boycott this company and aid in propaganda for another. I mean, the list goes on. Point being: documentaries are POWERFUL and…

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What makes it “horror”?

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The Angry Scholar

I’ve been thinking about genre lately. In different fields and different media, genre means different things. There are literary genres, cinematic genres (and of course a lot of overlap between these), folkloric genres… And whatever else it means, “genre” means, ultimately, expectations. Rightly or wrongly, if something is labeled, sorted, slotted into a certain genre, that can tell you certain things about that thing. Things aren’t just things: they are certain kinds of things. Things!

As both a folklorist and a horror fan, genre has certain valences for me that it may not for others. I’ve written about folkloric genres before. In film and literature and other media, I think of the horror genre as pointing to a pleasant type of dread. (It’s only pleasant, I suppose, if you share my particular interests.) It probably wouldn’t be pleasant, of course, if the kind of thing I associate…

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