Re: Hello, everyone!
- It's a combination of both, i would think. Genre is dictated by
author, with the author honing and crafting to redefine the
boundaries of the genre to which he ascribes, whether consciously or
unconsciously, if they're worth their salt. Some are happy to flow
nicely into the mainstream of that genre; they are no less talented
Very few still are able to create their own genre. Everything has
been done and redone over the course of the written word, over the
last 10,000 years of history. Recyled, redefined, recyled again.
Nothing new under the sun. Changed and re-imagined, but not pristine.
But there's always inklings of brilliance, pushing that boundary
whether it be urban fantasy, epic, heroic, arthurian, alternate
history, science fiction, mystery, thriller, techno-thriller (a
fairly new genre created in the late 80's because of Tom Clancy),
literary fiction, mainstream, romance, etc.
Writing is a very dynamic process, but it is also very static. What
a paradox that is.