This discussion idea came to me while I was watching a recent video by Benjamin of Tomes: Fantasy recommends. And it was interesting that he was classing things like The Young Elites and The Whispers of the Fallen as fantasy, whereas they were books I would’ve said were SF or Paranormal. So it got me thinking: How do you personally define what genre something is?
So first I thought I’d give a few things that make me ‘genre define’ a book:
(Most likely) Made-up land/world
Abilities that isn’t magic/caused by something e.g. DNA.
Abilities created from illness/virus/genetic mutation
World gone to shit
Humanity (almost) dead
Lack of food/water/living/electricity
Cops fighting SPN crime
It’s not a very solid list but it’s a start of how I define a book in a genre.
What sort of things make you define a book in a particular genre?