Friday, September 2, 2011

Literary Genres

I know that this has been floating around the internet for a few months, but my new blog friends may not have read this yet—so I must share.

At my writing conference I met the funniest author, Sara Eden. If you like historical romances check her out. She was the MC for the entire event. (Master of Ceremony not Main Character :)

The first day she did a video presentation about genres. She asked her 7 year old to define each one and recorded the answers. They were so funny I had to share them.

  • Horror - "If the good guys are dying, especially if they are dying with lots of blood and scary stuff, that's horror."
  • Fantasy - "Fantasy is the books with all the made up stuff, like animals that talk like people and people that look like animals and that stuff."
  • Romance - "That one’s easy. If there is kissing it's romance, if there is more kissing than talking it's gross romance."
  • Historical - "Historical means the people are really old and they live in really old places. Sometimes they talk funny. And they always wear old clothes."
  • Children's/Middle Grade/Young Adult - "That one's tricky. You know it's a kids book if there's not a lot of dying or kissing or bad words. But the teenager books have dying and kissing and bad words, just not as much as grown-up books, but sometimes if there are vampires. Vampires kiss a lot, even more than dying, but I don't know if they say bad words. I just read the kids' stuff."
  • Mystery - "If you don't understand it, it's mystery."
  • Science Fiction - "If a book isn't true, but it has science, that's science fiction. If a book has science and it is true, that's a school book and that's boring."

Is that not the most hilarious thing you have ever heard? I couldn't stop laughing. I read Sarah's new book in one night. I loved it. Check her out.


Chantele Sedgwick said...

I LOVED this when she presented it at the conference. SO hilarious! :)

Miranda Hardy said...

Love these definitions. Too funny.

Liz said...

Hahaha this is great! I love the definition of a "Mystery" :)

Anonymous said...

Great stuff - what a nice chuckle.

Ruth Josse said...

Oh my gosh! That is so funny! And spot on.

Anonymous said...

Love these! I can picture any one of my wee beasties giving these answers, LOL. Thanks for sharing this :)

Jeigh said...

Those are awesome! I love the "gross" romance :)

Abby said...

LOL *rolling with laughter* I'm so glad you posted this because I haven't seen it yet! It's hilarious! Such great answers. This is why you've gotta love kids.

Angie Cothran said...

Chantele - I know! Sarah has the room rocking :)

Miranda - Seriously funny!

Liz - I've never heard it put so simply.

Freya - Any time :)

Ruth - I agree. SPOT ON!

Raelyn - Mine too. Although I'm not sure my kids would be so eloquent.

Jeigh - Me too!

Abby - Kids are so wise!

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

I posted this on my blog right after conference because LOL! SOOO funny! I love the answer for gross romance, as well. More kissing than talking?!??! I'm with you kid, GROSS!

Tara Tyler said...

adorable and spot on!

Kim said...

That video was just adorable :)

A.J. Mullarky said...

That's excellent. I don't know if anyone's ever summed it up better :)

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