How many readers and writers have been asked which genre a book fits into? Lots, huh? And how many struggle to find just one genre? Just as many? Yes, I’m not surprised.
For example, “Well, this book is kind of young adult, mystery, with a bit of romance set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic world with lots of historical references, so all of those!”
How many of them like food? Same or more?
Well here’s something we can feed them that will keep them all happy: The Genre Pie!
Books should not be squeezed uncomfortably into one genre, destined to live out their lonely lives with only their own stable-mates to keep them company. They should be free to roam and explorer many different areas. And like attendees at a convention who have name tags to help with introductions, all books should carry a Genre Pie Chart to indicate which three, four or fifteen genres this book falls into, giving potential readers far more to work with when deciding on a purchase.
Would this help everyone?
Of course the chart is a very rough estimate by the author and completely over-ridden by the publisher’s marketing department. It can still be categorised on a physical shelf in the main genre but at least readers can see what other feels the book produces.
Someone might like YA but not romance. Maybe historical YA crime solving might be someone’s cup of tea. These features could be seen at a glance and make it easier for readers to choose. Or they can go and eat some pie, their choice.
I think this might catch on. Off to the patent office now… 😉