Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Questions! Questions! Genres and series and consistency, Oh My!
I'm kind of going to play off of Regina's post from yesterday. We've had this conversation before and her post spurred some questions from me. I'm honestly curious what other readers and writers think on this subject.
Do authors "owe" their readers anything when writing a series? If so, what do they "owe" them?
I'm not talking about good writing or character consistency here, but down to the meat of the series, how the books are written. If you start a series out that's high on romance, meaning the main focus of each story and each book is on the romance is it cheating a reader to veer away from the romance later on? I mean, there is still romance, but if the main focus of the series seems to shift from the romance of the main hero and heroine of the book and highlight multiple story lines instead? If the romance that used to come first seems to come second to other stories?
I mean it's his/her right. Their book, their characters, but is there a loyalty issue in there where you owe it to reader or a series to keep the focus, whichever genre it may be, the same throughout? I'm throwing out comments on both sides of the issue. I'm not taking a stand either way in this post. I'm honestly curious what YOU think. I can see points to each side of the coin.
Also (I'm just full of questions today) I saw a discussion going on recently on the difference between paranormal romance and urban fantasy with romantic elements. Where do you draw the line between the two genres? Do they go hand and hand where you can kind of label a book one or the other and you're still "safe"? Is there a distinct difference? Also, if you start a series out in either or of the above genres, later in the series, is it okay to phase out of that genre and focus your series more on the other one?
Does any of what I just said make sense or am I completely rambling today? LOL.
I'm excited to see what everyone thinks about this!