Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In Which I'm In The Wrong Genre?

I was thinking the other day that maybe I'm writing in the wrong genre. I mean, not really. I love fantasy and I don't see that changing in, like, ever, but this idea comes to me often when I'm watching TV.

Why, you ask?

Because when I watch TV, I watch a lot of true crime TV. I mean, a lot.

And we're not talking fictionalized stuff like Castle, and CSI and Bones (even though I watch all of those too)










We're talking 48 hours Mystery. I could pretty much watch 48 Hours Mystery like 8 hours a day. No Joke.






I'll also sometimes round this out with medical shows, like Dr. G, Medical Examiner, and Trauma, Life in the E.R.





So whenever I'm on a True Crime binge, I wonder why I don't write it. Clearly I enjoy it, so why doesn't it ever occur to me to give it a try?

I think it may because that, even though I enjoy it, I'm not very good at making it up on my own. I think if I did, the killer would be obvious (though, to be fair, most of the crime dramas on TV are ridiculously predictable. I still love them, though).

What about you? Is there a genre you love but never write?

28 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

Historical romance. Can't write 'em, but I love to read 'em.

Anne Gallagher said...

I would love to write cozy mystery, or just mystery, but I don't think I'm clever enough with clues.

Janel said...

Steampunk. I love reading it, but the mix of real Victorian facts with steampunk inventions just terrifies the writer in me.

Summer Frey said...

Cozy mysteries for me too! I love them, especially if they have any sort of tie to food. But I could never write one. :)

K. Turley (Clutzattack) said...

I'd imagine you have several of the same elements of those shows in your novels, even if you didn't specifically write a crime thriller. Complex layered plots, tension, unraveling motivations...

TL Conway said...

I love the easy-breezy women's fiction (aka Chic Lit, but I'm not sure that's the preferred term anymore). However, I can't write it for the life of me. My MC would be so whiney and lovelorn it would be embarrassing. So, I stick to fantasy where I feel more comfortable about building stronger characters.

Teebore said...

Yeah, mystery is definitely a genre I like but I don't think I could ever write.

Specifically, I'd love to write an old school, film noir-style mystery like the old Hammett or Chandler (or Ellroy) books, but I don't think I could even come up with a lame mystery for it, let alone a good one.

Someday, though, once the characters pass into public domain (or I can afford to buy the rights), I'm going to write my "Three Investigators as adults" novel, and put all my energy into coming up with at least one good mystery to befuddle Jupiter Jones for a time.

Jessica Bell said...

Yeah I love crime and speculative fiction but I've never tried it. I think for pretty much the same reason as you. I'm a HUGE Bones fan by the way :o)

Eric W. Trant said...

I love to read fantasy, but I don't know if I'll ever try it. Maybe.

My heart is both reading and writing good fiction, with a supernatural and sometimes horror-ish twist.

- Eric

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Maria - yeah i could totally see that

Anne - yeah that would be my problem too. My clues would be so obvious they'd end up being facts

Janel - i dabble in the steampunkery, but not the victorian side of it, becaus eman that would require a lot of research

Summer - mmmmm food! I'm always impressed by cozy mysteries

Clutz - i hope so! Because that would be awesome!

TL - oh man, i'd probably have the same trouble! And i can't write humor at all

Teebore - why don't you write it now? And then, once they're public domain or you can afford it, you'll already have to book ready to go! NaNo 2011 perhaps?

Jessica - Yay Bones! I think you could probably work your way into speculative, since there's a nice bridge in the gap with magical realism

Eric - if you write horror or supernatural, you could probably easily make the jump to fantasy. At least, i don't see much of a difference between my horror and fantasy

Teebore said...

why don't you write it now?

Because that would require me to come up with the good mystery, and that's beyond my abilities at this point. ;)

Hart Johnson said...

I think true crime or professional PI stuff is hard because you have to do so much RESEARCH and that level of research brings out my clinical voice. I'd sound like Raymond Chandler only less misogynist, which ISN'T a good tone for me. I like the amateur sleuth end because the sleuth doesn't have to know everything to solve it.

And see, I'd totaly write fantasy if I had the imagination for it, but honestly, I just don't. I am better and combining real stuff in wonky ways or else conspiracy stuff.

Lola Sharp said...

Mysteries and high fantasy...I LOVE to read them, but no way could I pull them off. Mystery requires way tight plotting (and you know that's not how I roll) and the high fantasy ...well, it's way past my level of world building.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So combine them! I bet you could do it. And I like reading fantasy but not sure I could write it.

Polenth said...

I hadn't written a mystery until my current urban fantasy (where the core plot is a mystery). But as I've now bagged that one, I think picture books are the biggest remaining area. I love reading them, but I've never written one.

Holly Ruggiero said...

For me it's scifi. I love it, but I'm not up for writing it. But never say never, right?

Al said...

I too like crime fiction and don't write it.

I must say I have had the rough plot for a fantasy/si-fi book running through my head the past few days.

I don't have time!

Trisha said...

Booooones. Man I love that show :)

I also have a fascination with this stuff, but don't think I have the mind for writing a story about it. I don't know that I'd be a very good suspense writer, I'd probably give away the game way too soon. lol

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

I'm the same - I love watching crime dramas on TV, but fantasy is where my imagination lets me do the most damage, hehe. I also love watching sci-fi, but when it comes to writing all my brain wants is dragons and wizards :P

Kristin Rae said...

Ohhh how I love Castle. I haven't started Bones yet, but I plan to soon.

I know the vampire thing is getting overdone, but gosh I'd like to freshen it up a bit and write my own vamp story. Maybe one day. But right now, I feel both like I wouldn't be good at it, and that it's, well, overdone already.

Misha said...

Same as you, but I'm leary of the research involved.

I'd love to do a historical though, and I suspect that the research might be easier though.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Mysteries. I think I should try one, though, maybe a short story, because I really love them. I'm going to check out Castle. Also, I clicked over here from The Block because you had the great advice on the comment blocker. It's like the opposite of what you think you should do. Thanks for the tip. It worked for me, too. I'm going to share it on my blog tomorrow.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Also, wanted to say, it took a Minnesotan to figure it out. I'm in the northern part of the state. Glad to meet'ya.

Kittie Howard said...

I love historical books, any genre. They're my absolute fab.

Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. And for the hint...but I haven't been signed in permanently. Never do that for security reasons.

Kari Marie said...

I love a good mystery, but I'm terrified I'll screw it up.

Morris Lewis said...

I had the exact same problem, actually. My solution was to write what was essentially a fantasy story with only the affectation of mystery. It works well enough for me, but it maybe wouldn't so well if you really want to put together a more classic sort of whodunit.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Teebore - i dunno if it's beyond your abilities...

Hart - yeah, probably too much research for me

Lola - i would probably confuse myself if i had to write some sort of epic high fantasy

Alex - ooh combining them would be interesting...

Polenth - fantasy/mystery sounds awesome!

Holly - exactly!

Al - then put it on the backburner for when you do have time! Cuz i'd love to read it

Trisha - Yay Bones!! The season finale was awe-some!

Jamie - you know, i don't know if i've ever written a fantasy with a wizard. I THINK i've had a dragon somewhere...

Kristin - the good thing about vampires, is their popularity always comes back

Misha - i think i'd rather do crime research than historical research. But that's just me

Mary - Yay for MN!!! Also i'm glad it worked for you - certainly made things a lot easier for me

Kittie - aww that stinks. i know a few others who it also didn't work for

kari - yeah me too.

Morris - see, now i think that's a really good idea!

storytreasury said...

Romances! I love to read romance and erotica, but I can't see myself ever writing one.

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