Thoughts About Fiction Categories and Keywords
We humans love patterns – they’re a time saver, so we don’t have to make the same decision each time we come across something new. “Look at that big tawny cat,” thought a dimwitted ancestor, “I saw one pounce on and eat a gazelle last month. I’m not a gazelle, so surely the cat won’t – AAArrrggghhhh!”
Fiction Category Mayhem
On the flip side, I understand there are readers who don’t want science fiction or fantasy in their romance, or at least think they don’t. Linnea Sinclair says she’s had lots of people tell her they had no idea they liked SF until they read her books. It’s legitimate, I think, to put her books in the science fiction category and in the romance category. Hopefully, her publisher didn’t also put them in with the westerns.