Genre Busters!

genre mash-upWhat exactly is a genre? The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature defines genre as: “a distinctive type or category of literary composition, such as the epic, tragedy, comedy, novel, and short story.” So genres could include things like whether a book is a mystery or science fiction or romance, or how the text is presented, whether it is a play, a novel, a poem or a story. Like any other broad label, genre terms can be useful (like I’m not a big fan of romance and knowing this can help me find something I like better) or a hindrance (I like historical fiction, but sometimes romance is an element in these stories and I just have to get over it). And, when you look really closely at some books you enjoy, they can blend genres or make us rethink our neat little categories: the genre buster! What are your favorite genre busters?

Mer’s Genre Buster Picks

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  • Flight by Sherman Alexie – Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction & Historical Fiction
  • Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier – Fantasy & Horror
  • Wish by Alexandra Bullen – Chick Lit & Fairy Tales
  • The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting – Mystery, Fantasy & Romance


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  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – Contemporary Adventure & Historical Fiction
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Supernatural Romance & Historical Fantasy
  • Something Wicked by Alan Gratz – Shakespearean Tragedy & Contemporary Mystery
  • Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin – Horror, Romance & Historical Fiction


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