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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #450 on: August 29, 2011, 12:13:17 PM »
Just using them as the example because they're kind of the quintessential organizers of books. It's all over the place.

But unlike critics & gossip columnists, librarians keep their opinions to themselves & don't go all Joan Rivers on their patrons.

Hmm... this leads me to an odd thought. Imagine a Dewey Decimal system based on opinion rather than genre. Some books are in the Pretentious section. Some are in Overrated. Some are in Underrated. Hackwork. Incomprehensible. Anti-Art. Right. Wrong. FatGayAspergerJewMulattoArby's...


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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #451 on: August 29, 2011, 12:14:33 PM »
Genre's really just a good way to organize a book store or typecast an author. It can help a little bit with composition because there's something of a template to work with. In my (unpublished) writing experience, though, it can be very limiting to come to a decision in your writings by going, "Well this is X genre, so it's supposed to go like this." It's best to let the story flow and be what it is, and leave the pigeon-holing to the librarians.

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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #452 on: August 29, 2011, 12:17:28 PM »
Depends on the librarian:



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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #453 on: August 29, 2011, 12:26:08 PM »
Don't you be dissin' libraries. Remember, my local library accepted my suggestion to carry Best of Rifftrax Shorts Vol 1 & 2, in addition to my suggestions on MST3K box sets. After returning it one day, I even overheard a local librarian exclaiming "I love MST3K!"

But I think you'd accept the following individual as a librarian:

Methinks y'all need to brush up on this: http://www.rifftrax.com/shorts/library-world


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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #454 on: August 29, 2011, 01:01:48 PM »
I'm not really dissing genre organization. I guess I'm saying it's more useful after the creative process than it is before/during,


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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #455 on: August 29, 2011, 01:25:29 PM »
I'm not really dissing genre organization. I guess I'm saying it's more useful after the creative process than it is before/during,

I'm not sure that's true.  See my post above; it allows you as an author to consider what place your work is taking in a larger scheme, and to what audience you're going to aim it.  Even choosing to write prose instead of poetry is a genre decision, and that's part of the "creative process."

I think it really all depends on the author and what he wants to create.  I've been reading Haruki Murakami's Wind Up Bird Chronicle, and while this book can be considered fantasy (specifically the often tricky category of "magic realism"), the fantasy elements seem secondary to the character's emotional journey.


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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #456 on: August 29, 2011, 02:42:28 PM »
I agree with Im, but that is what I personally find enjoyable in reading Genre fiction. This also explains why I have a master's degree in English. As for you lovely people on this lovely forum, I don't care what you call it, I'm just glad you read :)


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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #457 on: August 29, 2011, 02:51:36 PM »
Does straight fiction mean it can get married?


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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #458 on: August 29, 2011, 02:56:45 PM »
Only to non fiction.  Fiction to fiction marriages are not reconized.


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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #459 on: August 29, 2011, 02:57:34 PM »
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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #460 on: August 29, 2011, 03:42:52 PM »
...your bailiwick ...

i propose we just step back from the discussion for a moment and bask in the goofy-sounding-ness of the word bailiwick.
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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #461 on: August 29, 2011, 03:43:44 PM »
I LOVE that word.  Forsooth. 


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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #462 on: August 29, 2011, 03:46:00 PM »
Ever been to the Channel Islands?


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« Reply #463 on: August 29, 2011, 04:19:34 PM »
Channel Islands California?  Yeah i am from that area. 


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Re: Top 110010 Sci-Fi Characters
« Reply #464 on: August 29, 2011, 04:25:23 PM »
Nope, the Channel Island between England and France.

You'd probably enjoy their official names....