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The Avenger

Location: New Jersey
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Ancient One 

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Mon May 16, 2022 at 12:11:44 pm EDT (Viewed 186 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 10:27:41 pm EDT (Viewed 198 times)


      Do you read prose fiction? What genres do you favor?

    Yes. Lots. I must have read hundreds of books in my lifetime. With lots more to come, hopefully.

    Genres? Well, I started reading through comics, but at a pretty young age I got into science fiction, horror, sword and sorcery. Basically anything with a fantastic element to it.

That was my trajectory too. First comics, then everything else. Comics, through Thor, even led me to an interest in mythology.

It was comics that made me question whether some genres needed to be kept separate in prose, since they cohabited so gracefully in Marvel and DC stories. Some of moviedom's most famous franchises were probably inspired by the unfettered imagination of comic books. Star Wars, for example, is a mash-up of sci-fi with fantasy. I'm still waiting for movies to catch up with Marvel's War of the Worlds featuring Killraven, a mash-up of sword and sorcery with sci-fi. Even prose hasn't quite gone there, although the sword and planet genre comes close, beginning with the classic Mars tales by Edgar Rice Burroughs, decades before any comic had yet been published. (The Mars stories are awesome, but they differ crucially from sword and sorcery due to the lack of a horror element, and the civilized outlook of the hero, John Carter.)

    Eventually I started to gravitate towards the classics, auto/biography (Especially music bios) and science.

The only literary, mainstream, non-genre author I like is Ernest Hemingway. Modern storytelling owes more to him than most people nowadays realize.


      Do you read less of any genre because nowadays it's readily available on the screen?

    No. Just the opposite.

    The books are better than the movie/television adaptation 99.9 % of the time. On the increasingly rare occasions I see a new film that I really enjoy, I always seek out the book, and that invariably becomes my 'go to' if I want to experience that story again.

I did this with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels. I saw one of the movies - I don't even think it was the first - and then decided to read the novels. They were better than the film I saw. Prose just manages to go deeper than movies ever can.

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