Had a very interesting discussion (yep, let's call it a discussion) with my Hubbin the other night. We ended up discussing the definition of various genre's. He was saying that the meaning of what a person thought of a genre was more important then a solid if vague defined term. I smugly told that he was absolutely wrong, that genre definitions were hard and fast and that is how we bibliophiles got on the same page about various books. As often happens I kept thinking of our conversation and discovered that I may not have been as absolutely right as I thought I was. I still think some sort of definition is needed when talking about genre's, but when you get down to it, maybe using genre is not the most specific of ways to classify a book. Take Twilight for instance, I think the best genre description is paranormal romance...but one could easily make the case for it being fantasy, urban
Pride and Prejudice can be classified as a Classic, Fiction, Romance, or Historical Fiction and Fantasy can be anything from Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter and beyond and they are all valid. Happy Reading Everybody!