I've been enjoying the Summer of Writing and I'm finding it all very thought-provoking and inspiring. I've been having half a thought about genre and I wanted to share it as I wondered if you might be able to help me convert it into a whole thought. :)
A lot of the sessions have mentioned terms like 'commercial fiction', 'book club fiction', 'women's fiction', as well as genres like 'speculative fiction' or 'science fiction' or 'thriller'.
My question is: to what extent is genre about brand positioning/marketing and to what extent is it about the actual content of the book?
I suppose I'm thinking that perhaps it's not always clear cut, and I'm wondering if, in those cases, writers have a choice to make about how they describe their work.
I'd love to hear your brainings on this topic.
All the best,