About genres: We need this new one

Who cares about genres? Why can’t I just write a story and not worry about making it match someone’s expectations?

Well, in genres, it turns out, there is safety. Who wants to spend a long time reading an awful book? Like one that doesn’t match expectations? One that isn’t your thing? Your genre?

Genres are about expectations. I get it now.

I was amazed to find out that Amazon recognizes more than a thousand genres and sub-genres (for example, science fiction and fantasy is a genre. But then there’s hard science fiction…