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I love thrillers, so when we selected the genres we wanted to write about, I claimed this one immediately. From Homer’s Odyssey and Little Riding Hood to Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris and American Assassin by Vince Flynn, the thriller genre is one of the most popular in fiction books today. Books in this genre are designed to thrill readers, to keep the...

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Divas on Genre: Mystery Fiction   Contemporary mystery fiction is also known as crime fiction or detective fiction and has earned the moniker of “the whodunit.” It’s a relatively new genre, having developed over the last two hundred years in direct correlation with increased levels of organized police forces. Early mysteries, such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe (1841) and The...

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Christian fiction. Or is it inspirational fiction? Or is it religious fiction? Or maybe evangelical fiction? Or are the four of these different? Well, that is a bit of a difficult question to answer. Inspirational is a heading that can encompass all manner of religious fiction. Today we are talking about inspirational Christian fiction. But it can be referred to by any of the four...

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Divas On Genre: Dystopian The dystopian genre has come into its own in recent years. Often a mixture of post-apocalyptic, science fiction and sometimes paranormal, the dystopian genre is the portrayal of any given society outside of the norm in the future after a catastrophic event that either destroys life as we know it or alters it so much that it’s a shell of its...

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Divas On Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural What is the paranormal genre to you? To me it involves anything to do with non-human beings or characters who have non-human like abilities such as telekinesis and other powers usually within a single person or grouping of people. Like for instance vampires, demons, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, witches, warlocks, aliens, and superhero types. But this isn’t what drives the genre, adding...

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Young Adult Fiction isn’t just for young adults anymore. But to be honest, was it ever? An estimated fifty-five percent of all YA books are sold to readers over the age of eighteen. With the popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy (to name a few), more and...

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Chick lit. The genre I never knew that I loved. Like romance, chick lit is a character driven genre. It’s all about the people and the journey. These are stories about women that we know—in fact women that we are or were. The women in these stories are familiar to us. They are our next door neighbors, our sisters-in-law, our bosses, or our best friends....

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Special Feature On Genre: New Adult If you had to name the hottest genre in fiction today, it would be New Adult. The New Adult genre has burst onto the scene like gangbusters. With such New Adult authors like Jamie McGuire, Tammara Webber, Cora Carmack, J. Lynn, Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, and Jessica Sorensen to name just a few, these authors have found great success...

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I love historical fiction, whether it be a dramatization of real events, a what-if scenario, or a time travel. I have yet to find a well-written historical novel I didn’t liked. Now let me make myself clear. I like historical fiction. I’m not the scholarly type who dives into real history and vets out every minute detail of the era, unless I’m writing a novel....

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…and they lived happily ever after. Trite though it may sound, according to Romance Writers of America, a happy ending or “an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending” is one of only two requirements for a story to be classified under the Romance genre. In order to meet both requirements, the story must also revolve around the romantic relationship between the two main characters. The love...

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