So what KIND of book are we talking about?
Hello beautiful beasts!
Welcome to my third “It’s a Wrap! Best & Worst of 2017” Post!
After the theme and premise the next I notice about a book, even before reading, it is the category of fiction to which the book belongs; which you can often you can tell by the author, title, blurb and cover.
The Three Categories of Fiction
Broadly speaking, fiction can be divided into three varieties: literary, genre, and mainstream. […]
- Genre fiction is the most popular variety of fiction. It can be divided into categories such as mysteries, thrillers, and romances. If you decide to write genre fiction, you need to be aware that each category will have a particular set of rules (or conventions) that you, the writer, will need to more or less follow in order to satisfy the fans of that category.
- Literary novels are generally far less commercial than genre ones – but only generally. If your literary novel happens to win a major prize or get made into a movie or receive some positive word-of-mouth buzz, it could still make you very rich. A page-turning plot is less important here than in genre fiction. What is more important? Deep characterization, the exploration of theme and “fine” writing.
- Mainstream fiction, as you might have guessed, sits more or less halfway between the other two. In fact, it’s often defined in terms of how it’s not quite as “literary” as literary fiction and not quite as plot-driven as genre novels. [source]
First I used to read only Literary Fiction and then practically stopped reading it to read exclusively genre fiction. I was all about the plot and world-building! Give me tons of fantastic creatures in a fantastic world [Vampires, Werewolves, Wizards, Witches, etc] and make them fight! You know, that ol’ good “Good vs Evil” premise. This year I seemed to be more about the characterization. So I think I’m somewhere in that grey area of Mainstream Fiction.
Today I wanted to share with you the Best & Worst books I reviewed in 2017 by category of fiction:
BEST GENRE FICTION
2017 was definitely the year of Magical Realism ! Since I was suffering from severe fantasy allergies I guess this was my way to stay in touch with the otherworldly 🙂
And the very best Magical realism Books I have EVER read have to be these three!
Another Genre I discover I absolutely LOVE in 2017 is Historical Fantasy/Alternative History. Nothing like re-writing history and spicing it with some fantasy/sci-fi elements.
These two books absolutely BLEW ME AWAY! Two of my very few 5-star reviews in 2017.
WORST GENRE FICTION
And since I’m all about the plot, I had to make this ploticide the worst genre book I read in 2017!
BEST MAINSTREAM FICTION
You’ll see these 5-star books in other categories as well. They are just plain awesome!
WORST MAINSTREAM FICTION
OMG these books have to be among the worst books I ever read. All categories. Period. UGH THESE BOOKS! I tell you! UGH!
What about you? What are your favorite categories of fiction?
What books were the Best and Worst books you read or reviewed in of 2017 in those categories?
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Don’t miss my next “Best & Worst of 2017” – Genre
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